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Professor of EU Law @HECParis @collegeofeurope | Europe’s Futures Fellow @iwm_vienna | Founder @TheGoodLobby
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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 🧵 Image 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 🧵 Image 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 🧵 Image 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
- enlargement
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 🧵 Image 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.

Yet today it appears as real as never before, following EP resolution @SophieintVeld @GDelbosCorfield @daniel_freund
May 26 11 tweets 4 min read
Can the EU cancel the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the EU?

A 🧵 based on the @ComMeijers study and draft forthcoming EU Parliament resolution

#EUCO #Hungary @HungaryintheEU 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
💥 Breaking

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’

#euco #RuleOfLaw @GoodLobbyProfs There appears to be an irreconcilable conflict between holding the presidency of the Council and being subject to:

- Art 7(1) TEU procedure
- suspensions of EU funds

How can the Hungarian government guarantee the proper functioning of the Council?

#EUCO #hungarianpresidency
Jan 12 18 tweets 7 min read
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…
Sep 30, 2022 18 tweets 7 min read
🗞 NEW study 🇪🇺

How do citizens engage with the EU?

Here’s the first empirical analysis of the use of existing EU participatory tools, plus a proposal on how to revamp them via randomly selected citizens advising the EU 🧵#cofoe… Image 1. After 70 years of integration, EU citizens largely marginalized in EU developments.

Yet they’re are entitled to “participate to the democratic life of the Union” since 2009, and to do so beyond elections…. Image
Sep 28, 2022 8 tweets 5 min read
Will Italy side with #Hungary’s Viktor #Orban & #Poland’s Mateusz #Morawiecki in Europe?

As that’s the most frequent question I get asked, here’s a 🧵

#elezioni2022 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 #ItalianElections Image 1. 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
🚨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)
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 Why?

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!

#electionslegislatives2022 #France #ElectionsLegislatives 1. Macron’s presidential coalition (Ensemble!) came out on top and remains the largest parliamentary force in parliament, BUT lost its absolute majority
Jun 17, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
‼️ The EU Commission paves the way for #Ukraine to gain (conditional) candidate status in record time‼️

Yet that recognition of candidate status may be more symbolic than structural: it may never lead to full membership.

Here’s why 🧵 Image Today is a moment of truth one for Ukraine, which has invested so much of its political future on a closer relationship with Europe.

There’s political momentum to have #EUCO uniting behind the recognition of candidate status
May 10, 2022 12 tweets 11 min read
Did the Conference on the Future of Europe succeed?

It depends very much on how you measure success.

For me it worked beyond expectations.

Here’s why 🧵 #CoFoE #FutureOfEurope 1 If you belong to those who expected #CoFoE to magically deliver a re-opening of the Treaty, you may be disappointed. No majority exists to endorse EP’s demand. That might never materialize. Wait for June #EUCO but it might not be the point…
Apr 29, 2022 12 tweets 7 min read
As the Conference on the Future of Europe comes to an end, what can we reasonably expect?

(Spoiler: a fight over whether, how, and on what to re-open the Treaties NOW)

🧵 #CoFoE 2 Originally promised by @vonderleyen in the aftermath of her rocambolesque appointment, the Conference is the first attempt at institutional reform since 2007.

It didn’t look promising in its early days, but the context has changed.… #CoFoE
Apr 29, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
No, the vast majority of the recommendations put forward by the Conference on the Future of Europe don’t require Treaty change.

Only 21 out 178, with <120 feasible under existing Treaties #CoFoE

cc: @suzannelynch1 @HankeVela 2. We’ve browsed all 178, and classified them into 4 categories:

1. Recs not requiring new action (23)
2. Recs entailing new action by MS (21)
3. Recs entailing new action by EU (113)
4. Recs entailing Treaty change (21) #cofoe
Apr 1, 2022 9 tweets 5 min read
🧵 Over the last 6 months, 800 randomly-selected EU citizens came up with 178 recommendations addressed to EU leaders

How many of them require Treaty change to become a reality?

(Spoiler: just a few)

A 🧵based on empirical work done @VillaVigoni
Credits to students #CoFoE 1. As the end of #CoFoE approaches (May 9), the question arises as to whether/how the EU will/should respond.

What form that response should take?

As we expect that response to be conditioned by the nature of recs proposed, here's a preliminary break out of the 178 recs.
Mar 11, 2022 7 tweets 3 min read
Let’s be frank: What Ukraine needs is not full EU membership (unrealistic today), but the prospect of greater access to the EU market, and that beyond the Association Agreement which underperformed.

How to attain that? 🧵

A thread on #Ukraine️EU after #EUCO 1. Ukraine's future into the EU should go beyond the narrow opposition:

Full membership vs Association Agreement

Neither of them would do justice to the emergency circumstances characterizing #Ukraine️' s demand nor the country's needs