Macron hopes to lead the European way, Brexit talks go badly astray, and we’re celebrating International Women’s Day. This week we are supported by PlasticsEurope.
On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron published a rallying cry to European citizens in 28 newspapers across the continent.
Although, as many were very quick to point out, he forgot to send his op-ed to Luxembourg.
— diego velazquez (@diego_bxl) March 5, 2019
However Guy Verhofstadt is fully behind a so-called new European renaissance.
Let’s fully support Emmanuel Macron’s call for a European renaissance! It’s time, as Europeans, we take control of our own destiny again 🇪🇺
Sign up now 👉https://t.co/jMWQZXBrbb @Renaissance_UE pic.twitter.com/Vxa5026CCd
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) March 7, 2019
And German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said debate is good for Europe and we’re already working on some of these ideas.
FM@HeikoMaas to @Emmanuelmacron: Debate is good for Europe. We’re already working on some of these ideas. Happy to discuss new and maybe controversial input on cohesion and the rule of law. The main thing is for us to talk about reforms that will strengthen the EU. #EuropeUnited
— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) March 6, 2019
In what Tom Nuttall described as yet another bland German response.
Another bland German response to Macron, this time from the foreign minister. https://t.co/vLQxnb1VNz
— Tom Nuttall (@tom_nuttall) March 6, 2019
But EURACTIV’s Sam Morgan asked is Macron running a country or a think-tank?
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) March 6, 2019
And never a man to miss a bit of hyperbole, James Crisp reckons Macron poses a greater threat to the EU than Brexit.
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) March 5, 2019
So, speaking of Brexit, that’s going well. Not!
British Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay were in Brussels on Tuesday for negotiations. But said that there had been no breakthrough.
I understand the EU-UK talks in Brussels yesterday didn’t go very well, said Buzzfeed’s Alberto Nardelli.
I understand EU-UK talks in Brussels yesterday didn’t go very well.
— Alberto Nardelli (@AlbertoNardelli) March 6, 2019
That’s an understatement!
It seems that Cox-Barnier meeting went so badly they can’t even describe it as “constructive,” the go-to word for talks that lead nowhere, reported James Rothwell.
It seems that Cox/Barnier meeting last night went so badly that they can't even describe the talks as "constructive," the go-to word employed for talks that generally lead nowhere
— James Rothwell (@JamesERothwell) March 6, 2019
Nina Schick suggested: I think we should try shouting louder and slower.
— Nina Schick (@NinaDSchick) March 6, 2019
Tom Easton said maybe they should send in Brian Blessed instead.
Geoffrey Cox has failed, they leave us with no choice but to send in Brian Blessed.
— Tom Easton (@TomEaston) March 6, 2019
And Berlaymonster gave us this handy diplo-speak reminder.
Fruitful is chilly. Frank and constructive is icy. Long and frank is f*cking arctic.
Reminder, in EU diplospeak it goes:
Fruitful – Chilly
Frank & constructive – Icy
Long & frank – Fucking Arctic https://t.co/ca2Yx6aJm2
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) December 11, 2018
Nick Gutteridge said “Robust and hard fought” is the phrase he’s being given to describe the talks. Which, on the Berlaymonster temperature scale, is about “surface of Pluto.”
'Robust and hard fought' is the phrase we're being given today to describe the talks. Which, on the @Berlaymonster euro diplospeak temperature scale, is about 'surface of Pluto'. https://t.co/i0lBwwLcXq
— Nick Gutteridge (@nick_gutteridge) March 6, 2019
Finally, today is Women’s Day and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic urged all Council of Europe states to uphold women’s right to self-determination about their sexual and reproductive health, and to ensure women’s effective access to healthcare, goods, services and information.
I urge all @coe states to uphold women’s right to self-determination about their sexual and reproductive health, and to ensure women’s effective access to health care facilities, goods, services and information.
— Commissioner for Human Rights (@CommissionerHR) March 7, 2019
Eurostat, the EU statistics office, pointed out that only 1 manager out of 3 in the EU is a woman. And that women are even less represented in senior management positions.
Only 1 manager out of 3 in the EU is a woman 👱♀️👩🏽🦱👩🦱
— EU_Eurostat (@EU_Eurostat) March 7, 2019
UN Youth said Women’s Day is about building an accessible world where everyone’s needs are represented.
#WomensDay is about building an accessible 🌍 where everyone’s needs are represented.
This year the focus is on social innovation & technology by women and girls 👩.
— UNYouth (@UN4Youth) March 7, 2019
And this year the European Parliament is highlighting the importance of women’s participation in politics ahead of the May elections.
#IWD2019 #WomensDay #EUelections2019 #ThisTimeImVoting
This year @Europarl_EN is highlighting the importance of women’s participation in politics. Watch LIVE from 9.00 CET the special inter-parliamentary committee meeting : https://t.co/UY4DqUS2my pic.twitter.com/w9LNKmV44g
— EP Technology (@EP_Technology) March 7, 2019
But there is still quite some way to go as Jon Worth pointed out when he was invited to speak on an all male panel.
So I have discovered I have been invited to be on an All Male Panel in a fortnight
Just emailed the organisers to ask what they will do about it… and will not speak at all if necessary.
— Jon Worth (@jonworth) March 5, 2019
Let’s see what the organisers’ response is. My money’s on we asked, but no women were available; there was a woman, but she dropped out; the moderator is a woman; or all of the above.
Please check as appropriate: we asked but no women were available; the was a woman but she dropped out; the moderator is a woman; all of the above 🙄
— Jennifer Baker (@BrusselsGeek) March 5, 2019
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