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France, Britain & Brussels thinking @i_montaigne. Visiting Fellow @gmfus. Bruxelloise.
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May 10 7 tweets 1 min read
Reading through the speech, that does *not* appear to be what Macron is saying though? Instead: 1/6 - Russia: must do everything to support Ukraine & make sure Russia doesn’t win. Must fight war crimes & cut Russia’s access to funds. 2/6
May 9 5 tweets 2 min read
Macron says EU enlargement process can take decades. Is he right? Yes. But isn't he actually trying to frustrate enlargement process? No, he isn't. This is why. Short thread. 1. No way to #fasttrack EU membership: you can accelerate process of designating a third country a "candidate" country, you can even accelerate aspects of the negotiations. But you cannot fast-track EU membership as a whole.
May 9 15 tweets 3 min read
.@EmmanuelMacron takes the floor. He says he has good and bad news. The bad news is that he is going to give a speech (*I suspect this means longer than 10 minutes...). Good news is that he won't repeat what has been said in previous speeches. [I won't be live-tweeting everything he says; I've done that before and I honestly thought he'd never stop talking. Will only tweet key bits]
Apr 24 4 tweets 1 min read
THE WAIT IS OVER: @EmmanuelMacron is re-elected President of France with 58% of the vote. Reminder to my international friends 👋🏼: Macron is *not* 1st president to be re-elected in the Vth Republic - but 2nd re-elected outside of cohabitation (i.e since reforms in the early 2000s which reduced mandate from 7 to 5 yrs + presidential & legislative now happen in same yr)
Apr 20 30 tweets 4 min read
Macron and Le Pen debate has begun. First impression: Le Pen looks more at ease and uses the empathy card “I have listened, I know what French citizens want..”. #GrandDebat Macron responds. He says he shares her concerns, runs through what he has done during his mandate and what he plans to do in the future. He also points to gov initiatives designed to help French citizens - which, he says, Le Pen and her MPs opposed.
Feb 27 9 tweets 2 min read
I've seen people talk about Ukraine joining the #EU. EU cd declare Ukraine a candidate country (strong pol. message) but accession wd take time. Short thread on what it would take : 1. Context: Ukraine signed association agreement (AA) with the EU in 2014. This included a deep and comprehensive trade agreement (DCFTA). The AA has been fully applied since 2017 & DCFTA has been provisionally applied since 2016 (i.e. not all EU countries have ratified it yet)
Dec 9, 2021 23 tweets 4 min read
.@EmmanuelMacron is outlining the programme of the French presidency of the Council of the EU: 1. Logo: @CBeaune is now taking the floor. He introduces the logo and explains it. French colours, EU stars and an arrow indicating progress.
Dec 9, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
Cet après-midi, @EmmanuelMacron énoncera les priorités de la présidence française de l’UE (#PFUE) 2022. Au programme: sommets, réunions, négociations (et une campagne présidentielle). Retrouvez notre dossier spécial PFUE @i_montaigne :… Notre première note répond à la question suivante "Qu’est-ce qu’une PFUE?".

La France ne présidera pas l’Europe. Mais elle exercera 5 rôles importants:
Dec 8, 2021 8 tweets 1 min read
Demain @EmmanuelMacron énoncera le programme de la présidence française du Conseil de l’UE (#PFUE). A quoi faudra-t-il faire attention ? 🧵 1. La France lance-t-elle des nouvelles initiatives au niveau européen ?
Feb 17, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
That's the thing though. @DavidGHFrost appointment isn't about bringing UK-EU closer together (politically or economically). His appointment is about making TCA work & be point person when it doesn't. Which is why it makes sense. Thread. 1. Kind of relief to Brussels: Frost has a reputation for being firm ("all abt sovereignty") but he does understand EU policy-making more or less. Was Brexit negotiator & worked in UK representation to EU in 90s. Understanding how EU negotiates is important to make TCA work.
Feb 11, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
There are several important elements to disentangle here. And imo, biggest long-term problem for City is not EU's onshoring of EU trade but UK's loss of influence over EU banking regulation. Short thread 1. Onshoring not surprising: as soon as it was clear UK banks wouldn't retain passporting, banks started to plan. They started to move some activity/personnel to EU. EU not granting UK equivalence decision also not helping.
Dec 21, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
Extending the transition period is a lovely idea - in theory. But in practice, it's a total minefield and not clear it can be done in time. Why? Thread. 1. Several ways to buy more time for talks:
(i) Extend transition period (TP) before July 2020: missed that deadline
(ii) Extend TP by amending withdrawal agreement (WA): legally v complicated for EU
(iii) Create a brand new TP: politically v complicated
Dec 21, 2020 9 tweets 3 min read
This is a lovely idea - in theory. But in practice, it's a total minefield and not clear it can be done in time. Why? Thread. 1. Several ways to buy more time for talks:
(i) Extend transition period (TP) before July 2020: missed that deadline
(ii) Extend TP by amending withdrawal agreement (WA): legally v complicated for EU
(iii) Create a brand new TP: politically v complicated
Nov 20, 2020 12 tweets 3 min read
So.. I've been thinking a lot about this. Possible but wd be unprecedented for 2 reasons:
1) First time (to my knowledge) that an EU-only deal wd require provisional application (PA)
2) First time (to my knowledge) Council wd authorise PA before EU Parliament has voted.

*Thread* 1. Cd a UK-EU FTA be provisionally applied if EU cannot complete ratification by the end of the year? Yes. Article 25 of the Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties (VCLT) allows for it. As @StevePeers notes, political declaration also mentions it.
Nov 16, 2020 14 tweets 4 min read
Lots of talk (& confusion) today about EU ratification & #Brexit. All you need to know in this short thread. 1. Should you care about EU ratification? Yes. Brexit talks ongoing – but they're only part of the challenge. UK & EU also need time to vote & get ready for change.
Nov 13, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
How will #EU react to Cumming’s departure? My hunch: status quo & caution. Short thread: 1. Status quo: Cumming’s departure won’t suddenly lead to a softening of EU state aid position in favour of the UK’s. EU wants a state aid compromise that stands the test of time - not just now but in 5/10 years time. Tonight’s development do not change that.
Nov 7, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
A Biden victory is good for the UK & Global Britain. Why? Quick thread: 1. Stable foreign policy outlook: Biden will want to break with an America first foreign policy. Recommit US to multilateral system, fight against climate change & building resilience. UK shares all these priorities.
Sep 15, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
This misreads the EU's position and the protocol. Thread: 1. Purpose: protocol designed to prevent a hard border between Ireland and NI: the only way to do that was to agree a UK-wide backstop (which PM rejected) OR ensure greater alignment between NI and Ireland & move admin procedures to the Irish Sea. PM negotiated the latter
Sep 12, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Sorry to be a pedant but joint committee role isn’t to identity which GB products are at risk; rather it agrees which products are *NOT* at risk of flowing into EU market. If JC can’t agree, then *all* GB products entering NI will be deemed at risk (with some exceptions) Sounds the same, but it’s not. UK worried that JC won’t come to an agreement. But as @BBCkatyaadler points out, EU want a deal & prepared to move. EU understands UK asks. Talks ongoing (and until this wk, were going well on the whole). No agreement yet. Just way negotiations go
Feb 25, 2020 17 tweets 4 min read
Is the draft EU #mandate that different to the final mandate for negotiations with the UK? Answer: not really but there are some interesting nuggets. Thread: 1. Application of WA as important as future UK-EU negotiations: ROI - UK must work well (BIG job for joint committee). Mandate does not mention GB-NI checks but member states will be watching.
Jan 30, 2020 12 tweets 4 min read
#Brexit postcard from Paris: what is France thinking? Thread 1. Brexit is not the EU's priority: like the UK, France does not want Brexit dominating the news. Most important EU decisions now are MFF & green deal. Other EU countries think the same as @Mij_Europe said y'day: