Professor of EU Law @HECParis @collegeofeurope | Europe’s Futures Fellow @iwm_vienna | Founder @TheGoodLobby
Oct 17 • 14 tweets • 5 min read
🧵 Has Commissioner Várhely breached EU law when announcing solo the suspension of EU funds for Palestine?
As calls for his resignation multiply, here’re the provisions he manifestly breached but whose enforcement belongs to the sole President @vonderleyen A 🧵 2. By announcing the immediate suspension of the disbursement of the EU funds to Palestine - in reaction to the horrific attacks of Hamas on Israeli civilians on October 7th -, Mr Olivér Várhelyi breached Art. 5 of the Code of Conduct for the members of the EU Commission which operationalised their treaty obligations under Art 245TFEU
Oct 5 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
What’s at stake in #Granada?
It’s a new collective understanding of the EU integration process, beyond full membership.
This can no longer be based on a ‘set menu’ but must move to ‘à la carte’ approach.
A thread 🧵 1. Ever since the central eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004 and 2007, the process has been neglected, with the EU pretending to negotiate accession & candidate countries pretending to reform.
Sep 19 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
The ‘group of twelve’ - a Franco-German initiative - offers a credible and uniquely pragmatic approach to EU institutional reform.
Here’s why & how 🧵 2. Rather than getting trapped into endless discussions on the nature of the EU, the group offers a set of realistic reforms addressing the EU democracy crisis, which it soberly acknowledges in its multifaceted nature:
- common values (eg rule of law)
- lack of EU responsiveness to citizens’ demand & cross border challenges
Sep 13 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
2. The von der Leyen presidency will go into history as an ‘accidental’ commission.
After being accidentally picked as Commission president, her entire time in office has been largely shaped by a succession of accidents, with Covid-19 hitting before the von der Leyen's commission had spent its first 100 days in office to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its many consequences on EU energy, food and security policies.
3. @vonderleyen can claim the success of a good part of her administration, which has included the finalization of #Brexit, the fight against the pandemic and the response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the energy crisis unleashed by Moscow.
Yet these events overshadowed her agenda which remains largely incomplete and unlikely to be delivered.
Jun 1 • 14 tweets • 4 min read
Today the EU Parliament will ask EU leaders to block the Hungarian presidency of the Council.
Regardless of whether this will ever happen, the mere fact of contemplating such a possibility may be highly consequential for the Union's democratic future
Here's why 🧵 2. For a long time, the possibility of suspending the rotating presidency of the Council of one of its Member State remained confined to academic speculation.
1. Despite not being expressly foreseen, the possibility of postponing the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the Union may reveal as one of the most effective approaches to make Hungary abide by its rule of law obligations #EUCO#RuleOfLaw
May 25 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
The EU Parliament set to prevent Hungary to hold the presidency of the Council, given its well established departure from the EU foundational values and ‘rules of the game’
Is Roberta Metsola’s plan to reform EU ethics system good enough?
I’ve examined each of the 14 proposals below 🧵
They’re so marginal and reactive to #Qatargate that they won’t structurally change a system set not to work by design 1. Today MEPs aren’t subject to any post-mandate restriction, yet they receive a transitional allowance to reintegrate the job force (non-sense). Now while they won’t be able to lobby the EU post-mandate, they remain free to have side jobs during the mandate. Absurd!
Nov 3, 2022 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
On the occasion of her EU’s debut as Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is expected to face greater resistance in Brussels than in Rome.
Here's why 🧵
If @GiorgiaMeloni likes to depict herself as an underdog of IT politics, she’s not foreign to EU intergovernmental game. Since 2020, she leads @ecrgroup as leader of white/christian Europe that is already challenging the historical dominance of @EPP
As that’s the most frequent question I get asked, here’s a 🧵
The incoming Italian government is set to have a special relation with #Orban as Meloni, Berlusconi & Salvini have an excellent relation with him.
They all share a similar worldview, driven by a mix of sovereignity, traditional family and religion. This applies to #Poland too
Sep 25, 2022 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
As Italians go to the polls, here’s 5 reasons these elections will be qualitatively different from previous ones, and highly consequential 🧵
(Spoiler: not for the reasons you’ve heard before) #ElezioniPolitiche2022#ItalianElections1. This is 1st time a majority of electorate votes for coalition so loose that nobody knows what it stands for : at home (social vs hawkish?),the EU (passive vs rebellious?) & internationally (pro vs anti Russia?).
Sep 18, 2022 • 4 tweets • 4 min read
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)
Aug 28, 2022 • 26 tweets • 13 min read
🚨 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
Jun 20, 2022 • 12 tweets • 5 min read
The outcome of the French parliamentary elections is highly consequential for both France’s and Europe’s future. Here’s why 🧵
SPOILER: Macron will eventually have to pick either the left or the right!