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The @EU_Commission presented its latest assessment about the #Hungarian Potemkin #AntiCorruption package on November 30. #Germany, #France & #Italy asking the #Commission a couple of days later to do the same again is a slap in the face of the Commission, @Europarl_EN
the German @Bundestag, which asked the #Bundesregierung to take a hard stance in this matter, and the #RuleOfLaw in general.…
Escalating the issue to the #EUCO is also a wrong move.
The decision under the #ConditionalityRegulation about the suspension of EUR 7.5bn #CohesionFunds & the approval of the #Hungarian recovery plan should be solved in #ECOFIN with #QMV.
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Today at noon: 🇪🇺Commission will announce an unprecedented denial of €7.5 billion in EU budget funds from #Hungary over #Orban's #RuleOfLaw violations and corruption.

Will need to be approved by a majority vote of countries. 🇵🇱&🇮🇹 may vote against, but it has the votes to pass.
In retaliation, #Orban has threatened to veto further 🇪🇺aid to #Ukraine, including an €18 billion aid package 🇺🇦desperately needs right now. Hungary also blocking a proposal for a minimum tax on multinational companies.

Will this prompt reform of Council's unanimity traditions?
🇪🇺Budget Commissioner @DReynders outlines the many Hungarian violations of EU #RuleOfLaw that must be addressed to unfreeze €7.5bn in 🇪🇺funds unfrozen - including judicial interference

"Today's decision is a significant step towards bolstering judicial independence in #Hungary"
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This plate contains some hot 🌶green chillies called "kochchi" in 🇱🇰 #SriLanka.
A Sri Lankam student of year 5 (around 10 y/o) gave these chillies to the canteen staff of the school asking if she can get some food in return. 1/
🌶Imagine how many children of 🇱🇰 #SriLanka are malnourished now? 🌶Imagine how desperate this child was for some food?
🌶Imagine how many children skip school because of hunger?
Dear 🇱🇰#SriLanka,
Do you still support these politicians who stole from you and are stealing? 2/
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This day 3 years ago I gave a talk on the global decay and renewal of #democracy @VicParliament. Wow, it feels like a decade has happened since then, and we see major positive and negative trends:

An impressionistic (non-comprehensive) thread 🧵
In 2019 the dominant narrative was of alarming regression in democratic commitments, with a growing crop of neo-authoritarians, incl #Trump #Orban #Kascynski #Erdogan #Bolsonaro #Modi, and seeming ascendance of #Putin #Xi, spurring explosion of research…
Obviously one of the biggest things to happen since 2019 is #COVID19
- The research tells us that functioning democracies showed resilience, while those already in trouble, and 'hybrid' systems and 'harder' authoritarian states, were hit hardest
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Breaking: Ratification of CETA unconstitutional. Supreme Court.
Patrick Costello TD succeeds in a hugely significant vindication of citizens' rights and their place in the constitutional architecture of Ireland.

The court judgments will need close reading. There may be a legislative path to legitimate ratification, avoiding a referendum.
The seven judgments will appear on shortly - link
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SCt: Combined effect of Arts 9(2), (3) & (4) #Aarhus is that states must ensure that proceedings in which decisions granting development consent are challenged for non-compliance with national law relating to the environment are not prohibitively expensive…
Heather Hill Image
#Aarhus 'provides a powerful confirmation of the text of s.50B, and a strong counterpoint against arguments of context or purpose.'
- Murray J at par. 219
#SupremeCourt #AccessToJustice #RuleOfLaw #Environment #Law #AarhusConvention @EnvJusticeUCC @UNECEAarhus
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Check out iamambroseggball's video! #TikTok

@DLawrenceOBE @NLawrenceOBE @sal2nd @MrLeeLawrence have sold us out.

Why would @TemiMwale @4FrontProject @UFFCampaign @StaffordScott_ /@MonitoringGroup #leejasper be given so much attention by
@melissasigodo @mikewhoatv @lorrainemking who have really put the nail in the coffin as far as I'm concerned who are as #GuiltyAsSin as the @metpoliceuk #msmenemyofthepeople @BBC and a senior @CoronersNews #AndrewWalker who allowed #perjury in his no #RuleOfLaw Court room?
What give this woman the God given rights to talk to me as she has by defending the very same establishment @MetTaskforce #bernardhoganhowe #CressidaDick who shot @justice4mark down dead in cold blood and no one says a single word following @riots2011
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#Taloustutkimus-#EeroLehti-#YLE-#NATO -"kalluppi" vastaajina 1300 lahja-arvontaan osallistunutta.
- Vastauksia painotettiin rajusti matemaattisesti.

Nyt #Marin -tyytyväisyys "kallupin" vastaajat ilmaisevat tyytyväisyyttään vaikenemalla.
- Vastauksia painotettu multa -metodilla.
#Nuremberg vai #SpandauBallet, se tehokkaaksi havaittu balettikurssi.
#RuleOfLaw #HumanRights.
#BankersCabal'n #YLE-#Taloustutkimus-#kokoomus -puppetit väärensivät #NATO -"kallupin" törkeästi ja aineisto salattiin.
- #Hybridiosaamiskeskus vaiensi pelolla koko #Mediapooli'n papukaija -orkesterin.
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How the EU provides lifebelts for autocratic regimes
My latest piece published by @IPGJournal on the saga of #EU financial penalties for #Hungary and why the story will end with a weak compromise.
Key arguments in THREAD below 1/19
@gmfus @GoodLobbyProfs…
Over the past two years the European Commission significantly improved its toolkit designed to enhance #RuleOfLaw & impose sanctions over Member States disregarding fundamental EU values.
The suspension of #ERRF/#RecoveryFund & the triggering of the #ConditionalityRegulation against Hungary’s government left the impression that the Commission drew its lessons from its decade long failure.
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1/#RuleOfLaw is blind & sometimes not outcome we prefer. #WestfallAct immunity is tricky & harsh when applied. Lawsuit ends before it really begins.

Alas, I've been there before. Defamation case I handled against late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa) is cited in decision.
2/We sued Cong. Murtha for defamatory statements against Marines accused of war crimes in Haditha, Iraq. His statements were proven false but Obama Administration invoked Westfall Act to cover Murtha's press comments.

At first we were allowed a deposition…
3/But Govt successfully obtained an interlocutory appeal to DC Cir where it was not a welcome appearance…
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🚨Breaking 🚨

The EU Commission proposes - for the 1st time in its history - to suspend the disbursement of 65% of EU funds due to #Hungary in effort to protect #ruleoflaw (loopholes remain)

Now EU-26 must approve it at QMV (unlike under Art 7 #Poland can’t veto it)
Why does the EU suddenly threaten #Hungary with (partial) suspension of EU funds?

(Spoiler: To save everyone’s face)

1. EU leaders show to the public to remain in control vis-à-vis autocratic #Hungary

2. to then approve #Hungary recovery plan (only remaining unapproved)
Today’s EU Commission proposal to suspend EU funds to #hungary originates in #EUCO back in Dec ‘20 that broke deal re: #NextGenerationEU

That ‘deal with the Devil’ put EU into a bind : gaining the power to formally suspend funds meant to turn a blind eye to major breaches
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"we should have listened to #Poland & the Baltic states, when they were warning us for years that #Putin 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩"‼️

#PolandFirstToHelp #BeLikePoland #BeLike🇵🇱 #PutinWarCrimes #RussiaIsATerroristState #RussiaIsANaziState #RussiaInvadedUkraine
@vonderleyen @vonderleyen: "You should have listened to #Poland 🇵🇱".
@BeataSzydlo's poignant comment: "one can't help but wonder, wheter it's a genuine reflection..."

#PolandFirstToHelp #BeLikePoland #BeLike🇵🇱 #PutinWarCrimes #RussiaIsATerroristState #VonDerLeyen
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Promises made. Promises kept.

The State of the Union address sets out our agenda for Europe.

During #SOTEU 2021, President @vonderleyen outlined many initiatives relevant for Europeans.

What progress have we made on the initiatives since then? A thread 👇
🟢 European Chips Act

Without chips, there’s no digital transition, no green transition.

Our objectives are high: doubling our global market share by 2030 to 20%, and producing the most sophisticated and energy-efficient semiconductors in Europe.
🟢 #GlobalGateway.

It stands for sustainable and trusted connections that work for people and the planet.

We will support smart investments in quality infrastructure, respecting the highest social and environmental standards globally and build partnerships of equals.
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1. Yesterday, during the #Economic #Forum in #Karpacz #Poland, Jaroslaw #Kaczynski uttered categorical words: "Western #Europe is culturally alien to us".

Let us take Kaczynski's words as an opportunity to recall an extremely important thread.

Let us recount what he said.
2. You can see #Kaczynski during discussion panel together with MEPs @ZdzKrasnodebski and Ryszard Legutko, his two main informal advisors on ideological and international issues.

"The threat to our sovereignty from the West is greater than from the East." - claimed Krasnodebski.
3. A lot of attention has been paid to #Kaczynski's shoes, but - let's face it - while embarrassing, that's not what's most important

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Dear @RepJamesComer Why don’t you concern yourself with what’s happening in Kentucky’s backyard, and leave #democracy and the #RuleOfLaw to the Chair of @OversightDems and hopefully 🙏🏾 @RepRaskin should #Democrats hold the majority.


@RepJamesComer is your disinformation attack on Hunter Biden to cover up Kentucky Public Pension Funds holding 25% in Russian investments and the role Congress and Senate #MAGARepublicans may have played?

c: @OversightDems @RepRaskin @CREWcrew

The amount of Russian investment in Kentucky Public Pension funds is currently being overshadowed by the FYE 2021 positive results.


c: @OversightDems @RepRaskin @CREWcrew…
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After today's meeting marathon, interviews on the Scholz speech & email galore, I guess it's back to business in Brussels!
This GIF shows how it feels to work on EU politics at the moment, but I'm looking forward to working on a bunch of great projects in the coming months. 👇/1
Very much looking forward to welcoming @ThinkTank_Lab in Brussels next week - besides giving a short input on "how to EU policy analysis", my colleague @FilipeALampe is organising an event on #diversity in EU policymaking with @CnctingEurope that I think is hugely important. /2
The @epc_eu also partnered up for the 'European Think Tank Conference' in October in Berlin to promote the exchange between European think tankers and discuss sector-specific issues. Stay tuned for a great programme! @dgapev… /3
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🚨 Breaking: European judges challenge the EU approval of #Poland’s recovery & resilience plan before EU General Court just a few months before elections in the country

Here’s a🧵 on why, how and what of this unprecedented development #ruleoflaw #RPP

4 associations of European judges intend to defend the interests of the judiciary which they represent & their members including Polish judges subjected to disciplinary proceeding, sanctions & involuntary transfers, in breach of EU law & the #rule of law itself

The judges’ associations argue that #ruleoflaw “milestones” fall short of what is required to ensure effective judicial protection and disregard the judgments of the CJEU

They want Council’s decision to be declared nul & void thus preventing transfer of #RPP funding
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I had an interesting conversation on #Polish-#Hungarian relations yesterday under #ChathamHouse rule. I would like to share my key conclusion without further details. It will be highly disturbing from a #Polish perspective, but may contribute to a reflection process.
#Polish foreign & security policy talks from an intellectual and moral high ground to previously more #Russia-friendly partners, especially #Germany, because PL & the Baltic states correctly predicted Russia's aggressive behaviour,
while #German & other Western European stakeholders were reluctant to give credit for their correct analysis. As disturbing this lessoning behaviour might be from a German perspective, history demonstrated that #Poland & Baltics have a better understanding of #Russia ...
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Solidarity to #BilkisBano Image
Call for nation wide protest in solidarity with #BilkisBano on 27th Aug. For details follow this thread
Our Demand: @GujaratPolice @CMOGuj Revoke the illegal release of the 11 convicted rapists & murderers in #BilkisBano case
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On August 13th 2022 the HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL PROJECT are celebrating one year after our first successful intervention to stop #Pushbacks in #Samos.
This is a small thread of how a small number of people can stop the illegalities of the government:
In April 2020 the Greek Government began its systematic and brutal pushbacks against refugees.
For a year, due to the pandemic restrictions, their actions went almost unnoticed.
@ABoatReport was trying to reveal what was happening but no one on the ground could do anything.
We were witnessing his posts feeling incapable of intervening: to protect both #AsylumSeekers and the #RuleOfLaw and #HumanRights.
On the 21st April 2021 another pushback took place in Marathokampos, Sámos. 4 days later one Palestinian woman with her three kids came to our
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New 🧵re: striking @BLHarbert construction workers building the new @usembassyhn. Remember knife threat gringo from my previous 🧵? The embassy whisked him out of the country hours later to avoid Honduran jail. Great job modeling #RuleOfLaw, @StateDept!
Since last week, @BLHarbert & @usembassyhn have doubled down on their illegal practices & harassment in an effort to wear down striking workers—who like most Hondurans are poor & have gone a month w/o pay—so they'll accept unsafe, immoral & unlawful working conditions. Image of future Honduran em...
For example, the attorneys workers had hired, Obed Alejandro Rivera Lopez & Emerson Eduardo Oreilly Lagos, suddenly turned on them & insisted they accept the original illegal contract they'd hired them to challenge, which workers cite as clear evidence @BLHarbert bought them off. Image
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⚖️Our latest court victory against the PiS regime: secret services chief, minister @WasikMaciej is ordered to apologise in 3 leading pro-gov media for i.a claiming ODF had Russian connections, was a hybrid foundation & laundered money. Court found no merit to any of those claims.
In its verdict "the court found no basis for the claim that ODF had Russian links, that it was undertaking hybrid activities aimed at destabilising or damaging the interests of the state, that it was involved in money laundering, or that @bartek_kramek has called for bloodshed"✌️
Minister Wąsik is ordered to pay PLN 10k to ODF, @LyudaKozlovska & @bartek_kramek +legal fees. His apology, admitting to false claims i.a re. our financing, Russian links & calling for bloodshed, must be featured at the top of @tvp_info @RepublikaTV & @wPolscepl sites for 7 days.
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