Welcome to Tweets of the Week. Theresa May yet again looks a fool, Vestager says tax dodging ’s not cool and MEPs talk Catalonia self-rule.
Mayday! Mayday! As if you didn’t get enough last week, Theresa May blundered her way through yet another speech – this time leading to widespread ridicule using the hashtag #MaysSpeechInFiveWords.
Thomas Hemingford described it as Lies, more lies, and P45s.
Shaun Lawson thought it proof that “God is not a Conservative”.
As May was upstaged by a P45 prankster.
Virtually every front page has the Prime Minister being handed a P45. It just does not get any worse. pic.twitter.com/jNKViDj2Ub
— Tom Peck (@tompeck) October 4, 2017
Suffered an unfortunate coughing fit.
Theresa May’s speech today was derailed by a collapsing sign, a deeply unfortunate cough, and a major security breach ? pic.twitter.com/3Wls3qFfr1
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 4, 2017
And a message that literally fell apart.
Faring far better on the international stage, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager got tough on Apple, Amazon, and their sweetheart tax deals with Luxembourg and Ireland.
Amazon tax benefits in Luxembourg are illegal under EU state aid rules she said.
.@amazon tax benefits in Luxembourg are illegal under our common European rules on state aid. Amazon to repay benefits worth around €250 mio
— Margrethe Vestager (@vestager) October 4, 2017
Amazon now has to repay benefits worth around €250 million.
Vestager is also sending Ireland to court for failing to recover illegal state aid from Apple. “I know it may be difficult,” she said, but Ireland has had more than a year.
Know it may be difficult, but more that 1 year after Apple decision, tax benefits not recovered by Ireland. We ask EU court to look into it.
— Margrethe Vestager (@vestager) October 4, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron was one of the first to applaud the popular decision.
Bravo à l'Europe qui agit avec détermination pour faire respecter les règles et la justice fiscale !@EU_Commission @vestager
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 4, 2017
While Commission President Juncker’s role as Luxembourg PM when the Amazon deal was done did not go unnoticed, leading Andy Carling to conclude: basically Juncker’s guilty, right?
So. Basically Juncker's guilty. Is that right? https://t.co/tIxPLO9gPo
— Andy Carling (@quarsan) October 4, 2017
Martini Seltzermayr reckoned that with postage and packing, the fine comes to €278 million.
Of course, with postage and packing, the fine comes to €278 million #amazon
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) October 4, 2017
“Siri, find laywers” suggested Berlaymonster.
And wondered where might 136 billion-dollar-revenue company Amazon find 250 million euros?
250 million euros? Where is 136 billion-dollar-revenue company Amazon going to find 250 million euros?? pic.twitter.com/KmHmY8ZGuV
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) October 4, 2017
And finally this week we are supported by the European Parliament, so let’s take a look at what’s been happening in Strasbourg.
MEPs there were also looking at tax avoidance, and called for a wholesale overhaul. The S&D group tweeted this image and said they were ready to fight for a common EU corporate tax.
— S&D Group (@TheProgressives) October 4, 2017
Julie Ward said it was good to see the Commission taking action against fraud.
& it is good to see the Commission taking action against fraud. The European Parliament & commission is much stronger on tax fraud than UK
— Julie Ward MEP (@julie4nw) October 5, 2017
The fallout from the Catalonia independence referendum also dominated the session. Danny Kemp showed the Catalonia flag being held up in EU parliament by… Flemish nationalists.
Catalonia flag held up in EU parliament by… Flemish nationalists https://t.co/0TZDxUqJz6
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) October 4, 2017
Quentin Aries reported that Catalan liberals are not happy with the Guy Verhofstadt – arguing he is siding too much with the Conservative Spanish government.
Catalan liberals are not happy with the Hof on Catalonia – arguing he is siding too much with the Conservative Spanish government https://t.co/KnZpWpQhnk
— QAriès (@QuentinAries) October 4, 2017
Viviane Reding said that violence has no place in Spain & Europe and the only solution is to restore dialogue.
#Catalonia : The only solution is to restore dialogue. Violence has no place in Spain & Europe, which were founded on the Rule of Law.
— Viviane Reding (@VivianeRedingEU) October 4, 2017
While the Parliament as a whole called for “calm and profound deliberation”
— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) October 4, 2017
While in the JURI committee, new rules to protect whistleblowers and journalists got the thumbs up.
— JURI Committee Press (@EP_Legal) October 2, 2017
Julia Reda and Pascal Durand looked especially happy about it.
— Julia Reda (@Senficon) October 5, 2017
And Max Andersson was also pleased saying that daring to expose wrongdoing on the job should not be penalised.
— Max Andersson (@MaxAndersson) October 2, 2017
Join me again next week for another action packed Tweets of the Week, and keep sending in your suggestions using the hashtag #EUTweets.