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Professor ULB, Brussels, Senior Expert @EU_Commission, diplomat, Stanford Center for Internet, #EUinfluencer 2019-2022 @ZNConsulting, #EUphilanthropy PhD Leiden
Oct 6 4 tweets 5 min read
My today message to #EU Leaders in @EUCouncil: in a Union of equals, there can be no second class citizens! Just follow the #EuropeanParliament which is united in supporting #Romania & #Bulgaria’s full accession to Schengen! #Mythread 1/1 #Romania and #Bulgaria have committed to implementing the #Schengen acquis and already proved themselves in the way they addressed the challenges and managed their borders in the face of refugees fleeing the war in #Ukraine. 1/2
Oct 6 11 tweets 8 min read
#EP plenary held a debate on countering the anti-European and anti-Ukrainian #propaganda of #Putin’s European cronies. At the initiative of #Renew, it was focused on the relations between #Russia and extremist #European political parties. #Mythread 1/1 #MEPs of the various political groups used the opportunity for attacking each other for their alleged ties to the #Putin regime. #EuropeanParliament 1/2
Jul 6 13 tweets 13 min read
Celebrating now the end of wild west on #Internet with a glass of tea! #Europe is designing its digital future & need sharp teeth to its new powers! #Platforms will operate in a legal framework that until now was nonexistent #DSA #DMA 🎊 @EU_Commission @Europarl_EN #Mythread 1/1 No more domination of technological giants in 🇪🇺 VP @vestager said #DSA #DMA are basic pillars of the efforts to impose stricter rules on #usedandabused technology groups& establish regulations suitable for #Internet era. 1/2
Jul 5 5 tweets 7 min read
#Mythread on #Ukraine & #Africa from a #GlobalGateway perspective! Good news from @EU_Commission, #Ukraine’s recovery will cost $750 billion. Probably a lot will come from from seized #Russian assets! @vonderleyen said #EU already raised €6.2 billion for #Ukraine #MyPhoto 1/1 More to be done via a new special platform to be co-chaired by #Kyiv and #EuropeanCommission! Good initiative, but it will probably not automatically scale up private finance & create conditions for companies to think long-term! 1/2
Feb 8 10 tweets 9 min read
#EU backs into the diplomatic efforts btw #Russia #US #Nato to de-escalate the military conflict #Ukraine. Long dinner at Kremlin but not my kind of dinner. #Macron discussed his 3 de-escalation plan. #Mythread #MyPhoto 1/1 First proposal of Macron for de-escalation it was of course...#Russia to show a gesture of de-escalation. #Putin reassured to withdraw his troops from #Belarus after their joint military exercises, but said nothing about his troops at the border with #Ukraine. #Macron #NATO 1/2
Jan 19 20 tweets 17 min read
If there is the possibility of aliens existing in our Galaxy, they would be laughing at us in this moment, because they would observe how incapable we are of stopping all ridiculous things that are happening including wars we are waging #mythread
on #Russia #Ukraine #USA
#EU 1/1 #Baerbock calls for stable relations with #Russia but sees fundamental differences in frosty meeting with #Lavrov, stating Russian troop presence near #Ukraine had “no understandable reason” #Psaki says Russia could launch an attack in Ukraine “at any time”. 1/2
Jan 17 4 tweets 5 min read
Tuesday is #Russia! A leap in the dark: #Baerbock will meet Zelensky on Monday & Lavrov on Tuesday. Baerbock will attempt to revive the #Normandy during her visit. Baerbock would represent not only #German but also the #European position.
#Mythread 1/1

spiegel.de/politik/deutsc… #USCongress - no mandatory sanctions against #NordStream2. #FriedrichMerz, not that he has too much power, #CDU chairman, said that the exclusion of #Russia from the Swift payment system would constitute a nuclear bomb for capital markets. Let's see if #Scholz will agree 1/2
Jan 9 16 tweets 15 min read
No joke! Back home from holiday, my 8 y old daughter's 1st ❓: “Do you know what's going on in #Kazakhstan? The president allowed to shoot the population.” I think my son "briefed" her. My oldest daughter received videos from her colleagues in Kazakhstan. My thread bellow 1/1 ImageImage #EUforeignpolicy: @EmmanuelMacron & @vonderleyen demanding the violence in #Kazakhstan cease adding #EU is ready to help calm the situation & assist where it can. @JosepBorrellF reiterating that it's important that rights and civilian safety is ensured #HumanRightsViolations 1/2
Jan 4 6 tweets 6 min read
"Be prepared" not to remind you the song from #TheLionKing but rather be prepared for 1st calls for the Connecting #Europe Facility #Digital to be launched this month January 2022! Below #mythread on CEF Digital Connecting Europe Facility #CEFDigital #MyPhoto 2021 #connectivity Image CEF #Digital supports the following actions: 1. the deployment of #5G infrastructures in #Europe along cross-border corridors and 5G for smart communities. 1/1
Jan 2 8 tweets 10 min read
Believe it or not, I am also #French. Proud of #EU2022FR. Too many debats about the presence of 🇪🇺 at #ArcDeTriomphe. Something valid in "noblesse oblige" To annoy Ms #LePen, I illustrate my thread below with a #photo taken during my visit of the largest heros cemetery in #EU 1/1 Image Nobless oblige! #EU2022FR Almost 400 events relating to #France’s presidency will take place across the next six months...political meetings, cultural programmes and citizens’ events. Thematic summits will also be organised in various #French cities. 1/2
Nov 18, 2021 9 tweets 11 min read
We all ♥️ #Paris where were it took place 1st presentation of incoming French Presidency to @EESC_PRESS! #PFUE2022 @CBeaune underlined this rare & precious opportunity, highlighting France's ambition to mark progress on #EU legislation, #climate #digitalisation #socialpolicy 1/1 The red thread of #PFUE2022 would be "Recovery, Power, Belonging" (“Relance, puissance, appartenance”). France would not impose an agenda, but would serve as an accelerator for the way forward on ideas and dossiers. #EU #Europe 1/2
Nov 16, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
#BreakingNews : #Italy Several media report that Italy's budget bill has been presented to the Senate today, with contentious points being €8 billion set aside for tax reductions, the citizenship wage and pension reforms #LaStampa, #Repubblica - #photography #lucianomortula 1/1 Image PM #Draghi is also to meet trade unions as they mobilize for possible strikes amid claims the budget proposal doesn't go far enough to combat inequalities 1/2
Nov 12, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
Excellent question @AlemannouEU! EU/#EEAS has a limited body of intelligence to support a political decision. @eu_eeas Remember @vonderleyen clarified the issue after her visit to @POTUS stating: it is not a migration issue, it is a hybrid attack. 1/1 Image That leads to me the conclusion: @eu_eeas has limited capacity of assessing the situation, incorporating different types of information/assessment. That could change the information/options presented to decision makers. Quid implication of @Europarl_EN? @SanninoEU @JosepBorrellF
Nov 10, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Fantastic news! Starting from the presumption I do not know nothing as tweeted by @RickRubin!
1. Good if @EU_Commission will provide enlightening and interactive information session. It will alleviate the asymmetry of information & knowhow knowledge btw EU States/people 1/1 2. According to #EU Structural Funds Programs, it will be good if national administrations will explain these policies rather than to sit in their office, providing local guidance. These practices were promoted by France and Nordics with the aim of absorbing funds. Same here. 1/2
Oct 28, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
An interesting article indeed. I was once political director at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (I resigned since my 3 y old child was in Brussels, and could not commute btw 2 capitals). Here is my view, maybe a different approach: 1. #Diplomacy is about relations among states!1/1 2. I do not think that government is the diplomat’s principal occupation. A diplomat shall go beyond states and governments and for this, he/she needs extensive expertise. 1/2
Oct 27, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Preoccupied by about all the political crises from East to West...that I have been cutting my onions all wrong. Not a chef tonight. Here my thread on #Portugal crise while cooking late. 1/1 Early elections said to be most likely outcome in #Portugal amid political crisis over today’s #Budget vote, which is widely expected to fail. PM #Costa says he will run again as the PS candidate, as left-wing parties call for the government to re-submit Budget proposals. 1/2
Oct 26, 2021 19 tweets 15 min read
This is EVP Margrethe @Vestager speech "Democratic values in a digitalised world" @HumboldtUni 25.10.21. It explains rationales, set up basis for what I think will be a successful #EuropeanDigitalLaw! A speech that will continue to resonate for us #Thread ec.europa.eu/commission/com… Late 1990: large platforms “emerged and started organizing the internet for what would soon become millions of users around the world.” For 1st time "the platforms acted as global “match-makers” B2C. With “ever-growing match-making” platforms have power, & control. 1/1
Feb 24, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
Thank you🌐friends of #Donderberg #Brussels for bringing expertise & engaging in such constructive, open exchanges on green @Donderberg2! We want to preserve Donderberg for recreation activities, improving health and well-being! 6000 persons have signed @Donderberg2 Petition!💚❤️ Special thanks to my local community, my neighbours for constant leadership and support to preserve @Donderberg2

We will inform you about the decision of #Brussels municipality.

Someone has displayed @Donderber2 poster on the red poster of Brussels municipality, Mr. Mayor!
Feb 23, 2021 4 tweets 7 min read
We all are aware of the term #SocialDistancing. It is crystal clear that from now on, the #pandemic & #urbanplanning should influence the design of #green and recreational spaces quite considerably. We need high-quality active public spaces @Donderberg2

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