Dave Keating Profile picture
🇺🇸🇪🇺American-European journalist 📺Brussels Correspondent, France24 ✏️Senior Writer, Energy Monitor 👨‍💼Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Dame Chris🌟🇺🇦😷 #RejoinEU #FBPE #GTTO🔶️ Profile picture Hugh Sainsbury #FBPE @HughSainsbury@mastodon.green Profile picture Rosie #FBPE 🇺🇦 Profile picture Magdi Shalash Profile picture bill williams Profile picture 13 subscribed
Aug 3 10 tweets 3 min read
Allow me a little #CrossBorderRail rant.

Barcelona-Brussels should be an appealing train route. At 9 hours it's a little over the cusp of what people are willing to endure, but it's doable.

However the lack of cooperation between 🇫🇷&🇪🇸 makes it very difficult. 🧵1/6 Image There are 2 ways to do it in 9 hours:

🚄1: 🇫🇷TGV BCN-PAR, 🇧🇪Thalys PAR-BXL €288
🚄2: 🇪🇸Renfe BCN-Lyon, 🇫🇷TGV Lyon-BXL €181

The problem with the first option is you need to take the metro between train stations in Paris to switch, whereas in Lyon it's the same station

May 9 6 tweets 2 min read
Tonight is the first semi-final for #Eurovision2023 in 🇬🇧Liverpool.

It's happening on the 25th anniversary of the 1998 contest hosted in 🇬🇧Birmingham, a transformative year that marks the boundary between the 'old' and 'new' Eurovision. In 1998 Dana International became the first trans (and 1st openly LGBT) person to win the ESC.

Following the '98 contest it was decided to make two major rule changes: countries no longer had to sing in their national language and they weren't required to use an orchestra.
May 8 17 tweets 7 min read
It's #Eurovision week!

Yesterday the delegations arrived on the #TurquoiseCarpet, and tomorrow night the first semi-final will air around the world.

As promised, here's a thread about this year's acts. 🧵1/17
youtube.com/live/2M0DtRFx3… The bookies have 🇸🇪Sweden as the favourite to win, followed by 🇫🇮Finland and 🇫🇷France.

But Sweden's odds have gotten worse since rehearsals started.

The singer, #Loreen, already won for 🇸🇪 in 2012 with Euphoria, a global hit hitting number one on the charts in 21 countries. Image
May 6 10 tweets 4 min read
As the 🇬🇧#Coronation takes place in London, here's some fun facts about monarchies around the world.

I find Americans have the mistaken impression that Europe has many monarchies. In fact, excluding microstates, there are just 8 - and only 3 have been there more than 200 years. Image There are actually more monarchies in Asia than in Europe.

The world has 16 kings, and only one queen (🇩🇰). Then there are 4 princes, 3 sultans, 2 emirs, 1 pope and 1 emperor (🇯🇵). Image
May 5 23 tweets 12 min read
In 2 days, #Eurovision2023 week begins in Liverpool with delegations arriving on the #TurquoiseCarpet

Surely the most important thing happening in🇬🇧this weekend😉

I'll be there covering. Here's the mother of all threads on the most important things to know for this year. 🧵1/23 Image The context: Despite what many think (Europeans' cultural cringe and all), #Eurovision is a big deal.

It's the most-watched annual live event in the world, with an average 200m viewers each year. That's more than the 🇺🇸Superbowl, Oscars & Grammys combined en.as.com/en/2022/03/14/…
May 4 4 tweets 3 min read
It seems Salvini is jealously eyeing Meloni's centrist rebranding and he wants in on the action. She is also reportedly thinking to link with EPP.

Question: Is Europe's far-right becoming more centrist, or is Manfred Weber's #EPP becoming more far-right? euractiv.com/section/politi… One thing is clear: whatever power Marine Le Pen previously had among the European far right has evaporated.

Far-right parties want to distance themselves from 🇫🇷#LePen, seeing her as a loser and 🇮🇹#Meloni as a winner.

Meloni has momentum on the European stage.
Apr 17 5 tweets 2 min read
🇵🇱Poland, 🇸🇰Slovakia & 🇭🇺Hungary have banned #grain imports from 🇺🇦Ukraine, saying 🇪🇺EU's freeze of import tariffs to help get Ukraine grain around the world is flooding their markets and hurting their farmers.

But such unilateral trade actions cannot be taken nationally. Despite these bans being a clear violation of EU law, the 🇪🇺Commission took a soft approach today and wouldn't even say what possible repercussions there could be.

Why? They likely don't want to become a pawn in Polish election politicking.
Mar 28 6 tweets 2 min read
Just in: EU national governments have just passed #CombustionEngineBan legislation.

Germany dropped its block on final adoption after being given a written guarantee from the Commission they will create a new category of ICE vehicles running only on #eFuel exempt from 2035 ban Controversially, Germany has instructed the Commission to do this through a delegated act added into existing Euro6 type approval legislation - which could be forced through with no vote by the 🇪🇺Parliament or member states.

Expect already-angry MEPs to push back hard on this.
Feb 4 5 tweets 1 min read
Tomorrow, the EU's ban on refined Russian oil product imports (petrol/diesel) takes effect. It comes in addition to the existing ban on crude oil.

In addition to that, the EU & G7 agreed last night to ban their companies from shipping Russian petrol/diesel trading above $100. This is expected to be a much more complex and disruptive cap for the world markets than the existing one for crude. It may shock fuel prices.

To limit the impact, there will be a 55 day transition period. The $100 cap is just a bit below the current diesel price of $117.
Feb 1 5 tweets 2 min read
David Frost is spouting so much nonsense in this interview, but I want to hone in on his claim that 🇬🇧wasn’t a “full democracy” while in 🇪🇺

A nationalist perspective, looking at only 1 layer of governance. 🇪🇺layer “constraining” 🇬🇧 was/is also a democracy.globalplayer.com/podcasts/episo… So many in 🇬🇧, a unitary state, cannot understand the concept of federalism (or, in 🇪🇺 case, an international confederation).

UK citizens directly voted for 🇪🇺Parliament and the ministers who take decisions in 🇪🇺Council. They voted for both “constrainor” and “constrainee”.
Dec 12, 2022 11 tweets 4 min read
A furious-looking @EP_President Metsola is now addressing the Parliament on #Qatargate.

"It would be no exaggeration to say that these have been among the longest days of my career. I must choose my words carefully, in a manner that does not jeapordise ongoing investigations..." Image "...so if my fury, my anger, my sorrow do not come across, please be assured they are very much present along with my determination for this house to grow stronger."

"Make no mistake, the European Parliament is under attack. European democracy is under attack."
Nov 30, 2022 8 tweets 6 min read
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?
Nov 29, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
Some feel that #NATO is returning to the scene of the crime today: the Palace of the Parliament in #Bucharest.

It was here in 2008 that George W. Bush strong-armed European allies into declaring that #Ukraine & #Georgia "will become members of NATO". apnews.com/article/russia… Whether or not the Bush-pushed 2008🇺🇦🇬🇪#NATO accession declaration in #Bucharest needlessly antagonised🇷🇺or was preparation for Putin's inevitable expansion plans is a hot debate.

Either way, that NATO is here 14 years later dealing with a war in Europe is a poignant full circle
Nov 20, 2022 9 tweets 6 min read
#COP27: we have a deal

For 1st time, rich countries have agreed to pay poor countries for damages caused by climate change - a contentious deal 30 years in the making.

But, they could not agree on details of the fund. Decisions on who pays and who receives put off to next year. Live now: 🇪🇺VP @TimmermansEU tells #COP27 plenary: "The world will not thank us when they hear only excuses tomorrow"

"Friends are only friends if they only tell you thinks you might want to hear" says the Dutchman.

"What we have in front of us is not enough of a step forward"
Nov 19, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
The sun has set here in #SharmElSheikh but there's still no #COP27 deal, 24 hours after talks were supposed to end.

However we may be close, as there appears to be a breakthrough on #LossAndDamage. All eyes on 🇺🇸 to see if they'll accept it. I'm hearing there's been a shift from the Americans in the last hours here at #COP27.

They are ready to agree to creating a fund to help poor countries deal with the consequences of climate change - but only if it doesn't tie compensation to a determination of liability.
Nov 19, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
“I think our offer has led to an opening” 🇪🇺VP @TimmermansEU tells journalists as tough #COP27 negotiations go into overtime.

“But that offer was very clear. The #LossAndDamage fund should be targeted to the most vulnerable.” “A positive result today is still in reach but we’re worried about some of the things we’ve seen and heard in the last 12 hours that might indicate a step back in ambition,” warns @TimmermansEU.

But “no deal is better than a bad deal” here at #COP27.
Nov 18, 2022 6 tweets 4 min read
#COP27 update: We’re now at the scheduled closing time and it’s clear we won’t end on time.

There’s talk of another plenary starting at midnight tonight to go overnight, but others say it’s better to start again early AM tomorrow and go through the day. worldpoliticsreview.com/cop27-2022-cli… 🇺🇸 has emerged as the climate villain here at #COP27.

Talks are expected to go through the weekend as 🇺🇸blocks 🇪🇺compromise idea on #LossAndDamage.

US delegation was apparently “blindsided” by the EU’s u-turn to support the reparations fund last night, I’m told.
Nov 18, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
New: “The EU would like to make the following offer” @TimmermansEU announced to #COP27.

🇪🇺 would support establishing a #LossAndDamage response fund at this COP if it has “a broad donor base” and if multilateral development banks are reformed.

Can this break the deadlock? Image This is a significant #LossAndDamage compromise offer from 🇪🇺, but it asks for significant compromise from developing countries in return.

Countries would have to promise to peak global emissions before 2025 and phase down *all* fossil fuels (not just coal), monitored by 🇺🇳.
Oct 11, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
Extraordinary speech by 🇪🇺Foreign Affairs High Rep @JosepBorrellF saying out loud what member states have opposed him &predecessors saying since position was created in 2009

Capitals jealously guarding their power &information has hobbled 🇪🇺on world stage europa.eu/!d8dMvC Image Immediately after they agreed to create an EU foreign affairs minister and ministry, to give Europe more voice & sovereignty, national capitals worked to undermine the position.

First they insisted it be given an unwieldy title (High Representative for Foreign Affairs). Then...
Oct 9, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
🇫🇮🇪🇪: a Balto-Finnic people separated by 🇸🇪🇷🇺, split by an iron curtain, now united by the 🇪🇺. It is clear who is on the right side of history.

Brutal empires, be it 🇷🇺,🇬🇧or🇫🇷, rode roughshod over peoples aspirations. Nation-states birthed in 19th century were formed through myth & forced expulsions

🇪🇺 respects national feelings while making arbitrary borders irrelevant
Oct 5, 2022 10 tweets 6 min read
I’m in #Prague for tomorrow’s 1st summit of the new #EuropeanPoliticalCommunity.

The 27 🇪🇺 leaders will be joined by #Truss, #Erdogan, #Zelensky & others.

The big question: what the hell is this thing? The answer depends on what happens tomorrow in a battle between 🇬🇧&🇫🇷. 🧵1/9 Image The idea is that this is a wider European bloc which will include countries not in the EU, either because they’re waiting to join, they don’t want to join, or they’ve left (🇬🇧).

But there are already such groupings, like the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and the OECD in Paris. Image