Tweets of the Week: Vaccine Mistakes, Russia Aftermath, OpenLux

Von der Leyen still dodges the blame, Borrell’s Russia excuses are incredibly lame and Luxembourg tax scandal is EU’s shame.

On Wednesday Commission President Ursula von der Leyen went to the European Parliament to face the music over the Article 16 blunder.

“The bottom line is that mistakes were made in the process leading up to the decision and I deeply regret that,” she said.

And I can report that as a result of this non-apology, tweets were sent.

By my count, this is the third time VDL has used the passive “mistakes-were-made” defense, said Berlaymonster.

My steaks were made chipped in American EU Dude.

But things got worse and it seems Von der Leyen still has some catching up to do when it comes to improving communication, said Anne Gellinek.

She took no personal responsibility for a Northern Ireland breakdown and when MEP Jörg Meuthen called for her resignation, she left the hall to give interviews.

Not a good look, Ursula.

God, said Diego Velazquez, the debate is basically about her! What disrespect. 

She hasn’t left the plenary. The plenary has been left, snarked Jimbo Jones.

This week Josep Borrell also found himself in hot water. In case you missed the whole saga, MEP Assistant summed it up thus. 

Yep, that’s pretty much all you need to know.

Borrell himself tweeted: My visit to Moscow highlighted that Russia does not want to seize the opportunity to have a more constructive dialogue with the EU. This is regrettable and we will have to draw the consequences. 

Read my blog post!

Mate, desperate much!

Rikard Jozwiak had three observations after watching Borrell: 1) Can MEPs stop talking about NordStream2 with Borrell? He can’t stop it, Germany can. 2) seems he was better prepared for this debate than his presser in Russia  and 3) He could have been a bit more humble & admit that mistakes were made

Nice call-back!


With more than 70 MEPs calling his resignation, EU Council President Charles Michel expressed his confidence in High Rep Josep Borrell.


He’ll be packing his desk by the end of the week then, quipped Sam Morgan.

Europe, which just sent Josep Borrell to Moscow bare-handed, is looking to fire someone else into space, remarked Dave Clark.

In news that will shock exactly no one, it turns out elites from around the world have used their companies in Luxembourg to pay fewer taxes.

They include Magic Johnson, Tiger Woods, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

And not just celebrities, at least 279 of the 2,000 global billionaires listed by Forbes continue to use tax havens to avoid paying their fair share, tweeted Corinna Cerruti.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a founding member of the EU, but it’s also a rogue state, enabling massive corruption throughout the trading bloc; while Cyprus and Malta will sell any corrupt robber-baron EU citizenship, it’s Luxembourg that leads in laundering their money, noted Cory Doctorow.

The real scandal is that this is happening in Europe. Luxembourg is operating as a tax haven, yet it is absent from the EU tax blacklist as it excludes European member states, noted Chiara Putaturo


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