Brexit talks are underway, rule of law goes astray, but Belgian fries are here to stay.
Serious Brexit talks got under way this week, but unfortunately David Davis bowed out after only half a day, as illustrated by Berlaymonster.
David Davis does Brussels. pic.twitter.com/AK0gMHIAtI
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) July 17, 2017
So reaching sufficient progress by October looks even more unrealistic.
— Jorge Valero (@europressos) July 19, 2017
Susanne Morgan asked how can Brexit be a success without political leadership and a country divided 52 – 48?
How can #BREXIT be a success? Without political leadership and a country that is divided 52/48%? Mission Impossible!
— Susanne Morgan (@MrsSusiMorgan) July 20, 2017
But the big question is, where are the UK’s notes?
— AndrewSparrow (@AndrewSparrow) July 17, 2017
Michiel van Hulten said perhaps they didn’t bring any, to avoid them being photographed by paparazzi.
— Michiel van Hulten (@mvanhulten) July 20, 2017
Seamus Conboy was more inventive; “Of course Davis didn’t come to the negotiations without any notes. That would be ridiculous.”
— Seamus Conboy (@SeamusConboy) July 17, 2017
Matt Zarb-Cousin thought he was more David Brent than David Davis.
You don't seem to have made any notes, David.
"It's all up here!" pic.twitter.com/C3ULsrm3fz
— Matt Zarb-Cousin (@mattzarb) July 17, 2017
And The Times cartoon summed up the atmosphere.
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) July 18, 2017
Elsewhere, democracy and rule of law are under threat in Turkey and Poland.
The jailing of activists is a crushing blow for rights in Turkey said Amnesty International.
— Amnesty EU (@AmnestyEU) July 18, 2017
The Committee to Protect Journalists described Turkey as the world’s largest prison for journalists.
— CPJ (@pressfreedom) July 15, 2017
And Germany said Turkey’s detention of rights activists could threaten EU aid.
Germany says Turkey’s detention of rights activist could threaten EU aid https://t.co/9TdNpBDaim
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 20, 2017
Meanwhile, in Poland, Commissioner Vera Jourova said there is a systemic threat to the Rule Of Law.
— Věra Jourová (@VeraJourova) July 19, 2017
And Frans Timmermans said that given the latest developments, we are getting very close to triggering Article 7.
Given the latest developments, we are getting very close to triggering article 7
— Frans Timmermans (@TimmermansEU) July 19, 2017
As Alex Alaphilippe pointed out when a government starts hunting journalists, you know you’re on the wrong path.
When A government starts to hunt journalist, you know you're on the wrong path. https://t.co/oTAeulqbZI
— Alex. Alaphilippe (@AAlaphilippe) July 18, 2017
Finally it’s Belgium National Day and the breakthrough news is that the EU has saved Belgian fries.
— Tiph G (@Tiphke) July 19, 2017
It’s official La frite c’est chic! Belgian Fries are and intangible cultural heritage of Belgium
— UNESCO EU (@UNESCOEU) July 20, 2017
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