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The Good Friday Agreement, which ended so many years of violence & suffering, was due to the efforts of many, especially 🇪🇺
Due to Brexit, NI has left the Union. The deceit of some about it's consequences can't be allowed to endanger the peace that must prevail.
No bleaker metaphor for Brexit than a burning bus on the streets of Northern Ireland
My take on #sofagate 👉🏻 https://bit.ly/39UZ6j9
Navalny has to be released immediately !
Europe & allies urgently need to use all means to push for this before Putin kills him.
Direct sanctions against the Kremlin oligarchs now !
Today we commemorate the Rwanda genocide in which the Tutsi people & so many moderate Hutu’s were murdered #Kwibuka27. This tragedy changed my live & my political views forever.
Time to remember the hatred of racism & extremism & the risks of a cowardly international community !
Scandalous... Any excuses Orbán ever had on Central European University have now been shown to be just that: excuses.
He’s selling his country’s freedoms... and EU values, rules & strategic interests.
How long will we let him ?
Soros-backed Central Europe University (CEU) is forced out of Budapest. In its place comes Fudan University from China https://twitter.com/eublogo/status/1379352214796435457
We need a convincing two-track approach on Turkey instead of the “stop & go” we have now.
We need to support Turkish civil society and citizens but at the same time take harsh action against the Erdogan regime that becomes more and more authoritarian...
Turkey: A Problem Partner?
You may find here the Working paper in pdf. Executive Summary It was around the mid-2000s when Turkey—if only ...
We absolutely need to preserve the Good Friday agreement and keep NI conflict from getting out of control.
Europe was and is a peace project. 🇪🇺Softening country borders eases conflict and heals divisions between people.
Further violence breaks out in Northern Ireland despite appeals for calm
Incidents reported on Monday in Carrickfergus and in Derry where a car was been set alight
Military buildup in the High North, troop movements towards the East.. with Putin under pressure at home Russia is a scared & scary power !
EU, US and NATO should take heed & unite more than ever.
Satellite images show huge Russian military buildup in the Arctic
Russia is amassing unprecedented military might in the Arctic and testing its newest weapons in a region freshly i...
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The Good Friday Agreement, which ended so many years of violence & suffering, was due to the efforts of many, especially 🇪🇺
Due to Brexit, Northern Ireland has left the European Union. The deceit of some about its consequences can't be allowed to endanger the peace that must prevail. ... See MoreSee Less
Inevitable consequence of Brexit I’m afraid. They were warned, but told us it was “Project Fear”. Very sad. I can’t see how it’s going to be resolved.
One of these young boys or a police officer is going to die. I knew something like that this would happen and this was one of the reasons I voted remain. It is devastating.And an absolute mess.
A very sad consequence that nobody wanted. And unfortunately there is no solution to satisfy all citizens of northern Ireland.
Utter lack of foresight from DUP to advocate for Brexit even after the majority in NI comprehensively voted to remain in EU. Now they don't like the consequences flowing directly from their actions, they once again play the grand old duke of York with their disillusioned community. Totally bankrupt of integrity.
This calls for the EU and the USA to work together and force the British government into a humiliating position.
London has no interest in keeping the GFA. Brexshit and national power supersede all else. They will spill Irish blood if it means driving away the EU from N. Ireland. Loyalists emboldened, enabled and encouraged are their agent provocateurs. The EU and the US will have to force the Brexitland Tories in line.
Unionists are furious. As a reminder because of the GFA 20 years of peace are precious. Did the rabid brexiteers give a thought about the border Irish well documented in history. Did they understand how diplomacy was needed rather than breaking international law. Did they give attention to the past history of border Irish who escaped like refugees to the mainland. The brexiteers and the protagonists of the unholy mess related to borders down the Irish Sea need to show humility and integrity and use cross party intelligence rather than blaming someone.... Anyone else But not themselves.
At least some of us spoiled our vote on the Liberal Democrats to vote "no" to all this. It was the reight thing to do. It made sense. All the "really hate brexit" politicians and professional pundits, who all don't know what the spoiler effect is in perfect harmony, (despite politics being their chosen profession), all told us we needed nothing more than a vote for "No Breixt" and sunny disposition and a vote for the spoiler effect was the right way to go. But, unlike their sharp suits, why doesn't it feel like success?
No wonder. Many people knows that problem will appear very soon after brexit. EU gives to those people the feelings of ONE IRLEAND. Now bad feelings back again. Stupid decisions means many deaths.
Foster and Johnson called for the GFA to be repealed / amended (ending peace). Johnson (Foster) knew if UK left EU totally GFA / peace is gone. Breaching protocol is, in tandem with orchestrated Loyalist violence, intended to pressure the EU and blame the EU for the breakdown of the peace agreement. And of course, the 'sea border' was Boris's idea. Same as Gove demanding an end to UK Human Rights Act blaming it on the EU and revoking that this year (the plan) ends the GFA. Not forgetting the call to end the HR Act preceded any suggestion of Brexit and in order to revoke it, the UK had to leave the EU. It's all there if you look.
The only answer that always could and still can solve this impossible impasse (apart from EU membership) is membership of the customs union. Overnight - problem solved, no more stupidity at the ports and damage to industry on both sides, and brexiters can still say that they have left the EU and cherish their blue passports.
I guess there would be zero conflict when the entire Irish island would be governed by Dublin.
These are teenagers chucking missiles and starting fires ... when they talk to them they don't have a clue about Brexit, but what they do see are other things where they feel the Republicans are winning ... that is what they are fighting because they are young, naive and are being mislead. NI has a history that you need to understand, Brexit is part of that but it is very far from all of it. If the GFA was truly as effective as said why do they still need the "peace gates" and why does the NI Police Service still have armoured Land Rovers as standard kit? Why was the Stormont Assembly suspended for 3yrs? The GFA whilst a start sadly hasn't been the absolute success our politicians would have us believe. There is still a lot of partisan politics ☹️
So sad, Westminster doesn't care about treaties etc.
the main problem is remoaners dont want a solution they just want to change the brexit result and that cant and wont ever happen. so pull yourselves together and take it on the chin you lost get over it.
Couldn't agree more. Brexit was a deception and NI peace its highest price. A failing economy another..and 66m people robbed of civil rights and FOM. This can not be allowed ..the EU needs to carefully consider how best to help restore peace in NI ..and call out those who deceived us so badly, so they are held to account. This is unacceptable
It was always going to be the consequence of Brexit and can be laid directly at the feet of our liar in chief -Buffoon Johnson.
'The GFA was due to the efforts of many, especially the eu!) really ???? What part did the eu play in the GFA ?
In no way was the GFA "especially" due to the efforts of Europe. In 20+ years of historical and political science literature no one has seriously defended that argument. Minor player at best.
I think the general problem here is the EU implementing full S P S checks on the border when we're supposed to have a free trade deal and mutual recognition of standards as the Ireland foreign minister said the other day the EU needs to compromise why for instance does the EU grant vet health visas for new Zealand a country it doesn't have a trade deal with but not us even though we've been in the same trade deal for the past 40 years
Lets also ignore the fact of thousands in attendance at service for an EX veteran PIRA figure Bobby Storey in west Belfast. That clearly broke covid guidance on mass. Many people are lashing back at the fact no prosecutions have taken place and MPs in attendance of not step down. Meanwhile people across NI have be prosecuted for less.
The EU knew zero about the Good Friday Agreement until it was brought to its attention for use as a negotiation tool. The EU could not care less about Northern Ireland nor across the border in the ROI. Minions to the slaughter. Shameful!
Look at the men standing in the background egging the teenagers forward. Paid off later with wads of money in the backstreets. The Westminster men in grey suits at work again reawakening old mates.
This about the Northern Ireland Protocol which should be scrapped. This is about the EU not fully complying with the NI protocol. The Protocol is not fit for purpose and goes against the Good Friday Agreement. This is the problem
The only way ghe GFA could survive was for the UK to stay in the EU. Let's just forget the Brexit nonsense and beg to be let back into the EU on whatever terms they are prepared to offer us.
Of course it was a deliberate snub from Erdogan. A woman coming to lecture him on women’s rights was always going to be put in a corner – or, as it turned out, a corner seat. Diplomacy is a subtle power game, and a would-be strongman like Erdogan revels in such an occasion. The question is why we let him. As long as the EU doesn’t know what it really is, others will define us as they see fit.
We thought we had solved the so-called Kissinger issue back in 2009, when the Lisbon Treaty came into effect. Henry Kissinger, it is said, as Secretary of State had asked a question both practical and existential: “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” So as the European Union became a bigger force politically and diplomatically, we decided to have a permanent president of the European Council and a High representative for foreign affairs, who was also Vice-president of the European Commission. These leaders would also put a face on the power of the EU, because the readability of Europe’s increasing power left much to be desired.
So now, Kissinger would know who to call, and citizens would know who to call upon if they wanted to change or criticise the EU.
It has been a disappointing compromise ever since. Because instead of unifying roles and responsibilities, we simply created new posts and added to the confusion.
Protocol is one thing—like when the EU nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize led to a minor bureaucratic war in Brussels over who would travel to collect it, and who would speak, and who would sign and whose signature would be above and whose below… But behind such petty protocol issues are serious questions of power and politics. Erdogan didn’t just snub a female leader, he snubbed a divided leadership. Being the player that he is, he sought the weakest link and found it right where he wanted it: in the Commission, and the constraining role it is meant to play towards Turkey. He read us well.
The European Union is a hybrid political animal. It combines federalised powers conferred to Brussels institutions and politicians with competences that remain firmly in national hands. There’s nothing wrong with that if – but only if! – the division of labour is right. We often play good cop/bad cop for instance on trade, where the Commission does the hard and unpopular work of negotiating and applying the rules, and national governments can go around the world promoting their country’s businesses untainted.
But it doesn’t work if the roles are unclear or not adhered to by the politicians involved.
One of the problems of the euro crisis for instance was the Eurogroup taking decisions with implications for the euro area and the EU as a whole, while the accountability of the Eurogroup president was de facto only to his own country—not towards any of the other countries or the European institutions. The logical proposal to combine the eurogroup president with the post of commissioner in charge of the euro, has been rebutted by member states.
Such institutional confusion it is typical of an EU that doesn’t consistently draw lessons from its shortcomings: We know we need more unity in European policies, but shy back from unifying our politics. We know we need to pool our sovereignty in order to maintain it, but we refuse to rise above national, bureaucratic or personal interests. As long as we ourselves cannot define Europe by strength, others will define us through our weaknesses.
In setting up the Conference on the Future of Europe, many were quick to say it shouldn’t be an institutional discussion—that would be abstract, self-centred, meaningless. But institutions matter: They show the world who we are, where we stand, whether we stand united… or not.
What we saw in Ankara was a Europe falling between two stools. It is time to fix Europe’s indecisiveness and weakness! ... See MoreSee Less
What we saw in Ankara was a powerful symbolism of current EU-Turkey relations, where certain member states are willing to forego of western values and common decency as long as it suits their short term needs.
Charles Michel should have given his seat, this is called “leading by example”! Very poor behavior from both men...
The behaviour of Charles Michel was worse, he should be ashamed of himself.
Questionable whether Mr. Michel shouldn´t resign after such poor behavior. It demonstrates such a basic lack of professionalism from his side; not to mention the behavior of Erdogan.
„Diplomacy is a subtle power game...” How awesome would it be if the EU was better at it. Is there anyone who doesn’t lead us around by the nose? Frau van der Leyen is a nice Person, but she did not fight for the job she has. It was bestowed on her out of consensus-built politicking. We need strong leadership who then builds a team that shares a real vision for Europe. We have lost trust in your (plural) ability to govern during a crisis.
You know what Guy, protocol this protocol that, treaty this treaty that, confusion this confusion that. The real loser is Michel. He bee lined to the chair. He sat there and rested his arms on the arm rests. That s why we re angry. Erdogan is an autocratic troglodyte. No one expected him to behave differently.
And still Turkey (with its German factories) has tariff -free trade with the EU, is given money to control illegal immigrants... It is clear which woman is in control of the EU - she is always given centre stage when visiting her Turkish ally! :(
Well said, if we still want to be an Union, we need to act like one, cause we will face the extremism coming stronger after this pandemic times, and we all know what happened in 1939 because of the extremism. If we choose to apart the present union, i guess you all know the answer on which direction each country will go.
not much to do with politics, it just throws a light on these 2 machos, without manners nor ethics , shame on them !
Disappointed that you do not mention Mr Michel at all. People have also important roles on basic behaviour but he seemed too interested in crashing into that chair.
Ofcourse if you will go to his feet then he wouldnt hesitate to use it against you. Keep worried but dont mention anything regarding the violation of human rights, freedom of expression , press. Have you ever thought to visit the people in jail whose announced terorist only for criticize Erdogan but nothing else. The journalist in jail. The patients on the hosptital with the clamps on their wrist. You went there for one reason; to offer him more money for to take more immigrants in Turkey. Shame on you!!
As a Belgian citizen I am truly ashamed of the lack of European solidarity and basic politeness of M. Michel.
All of us are disappointed by the way the EU is softly handling the dictator Erdogan who not only mistreat honored guests but also women's rights, minority rights, international treaties and laws and partially occupies a EU member state. It is time to start reacting!
He should have refused to take that seat and she should have as well once the seat was offered to her. All this unfortunately didn't happen. Europe being scared of a man who's a dictator, manipulating each and every situation and who's main drive is turning the world into an Islamic State, preferably using force, not law and order. We're doing well isn't it...
Very well described! So true. Very poor behavior by both CM and Erdogàn.
Another 1:0. Why did Micha took the chair? Why did VdL took a seat on the sofa instead of walking out? Would the EU ever take an atitude on its own initiative? Accepting is lining up with the abuser.
Sorry Guy, but your long post fails to acknowledge a very simple issue that goes well beyond protocol: had President Michel offered his seat to Von Der Leyen, cards on the table would be flipped completely in favour of the EU. Sadly, the situation has proved that, on gender issues, the EU simply does not walk the talk. Cheers
Guy Verhofstadt You all should get a training on "male allyship towards women" (how to recognize and positively react) at the highest levels of the EU institutions, so this type of situations can never happen again
I disagree. World leaders know exactly who to call when they need to speak with Europe. That would be Kanzlerin Merkel. The official representatives of the EU are just bureaucratic employees with fat salaries who are not in position to take any substantial decisions. World leaders know that too. In this particular case Kanzlerin Merkel is convinced that it is better for all parts not to alienate Turkey from Europe. President Erdogan is of course aware of this and as the keen politician he is he uses it for his internal political agenda.
Nothing better could be expected of Mr. Erdogan but what about Charles Michel? That is the real scandal here!
Michel should have gestured to VdL to sit, and taken the corner chair himself. Missed a trick there!
Yeah but c. Michel did not do what he should have done "hey you install a sofa instead of the chair" and let ursula sit on the sofa between him and erdogan. Very disappointing...
This incident shows how urgent it is for Europe to have one and only one president, whose legitimacy relies on being directly elected by all European citizens. As long as we Europeans don't clean this bureaucratic mess, we'll look like fools sitting between two chairs....
This is Not about Protocol or politics , this is only a matter of respect to women in general. It is very disappointing that an European Man, mr Charles Michel didn’t showed this respect and decency! Very poor behavior !
I appreciate the analysis. I think it is also relevant to point out that there is a lack of legitimacy and mandate in both leaders. They have not stood for election and indeed the power structure is such that they are at the service of national leaders who are. It is completely crazy that of these three the would be strong man is the only one with a (clear) democratic mandate.
Today we commemorate the Rwanda genocide in which the Tutsi people and so many moderate Hutu’s were murdered #Kwibuka27.
This tragedy changed my live and my political views forever.
A time to remember the hatred of racism and extremism and the risks of a cowardly international community #NeverAgain ! ... See MoreSee Less
Yeah, Guy that was a sad Chapter in the history of humanity. I personally am very appalled by events in our modern history. The Holocaust, Apartheid, Rwanda 1994 etc. I am very afraid that this time something similar is going to happen in the Western Hemisphere, the Americas. The US nearly exploded last year because of Police brutalities, and look at Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela?
Et qui parle des 6 millions de morts en RDC ? Pas les journalistes français, en tout cas ! Ils n'ont pas de nom contrairement à d'autres.
I ask myself why the EU pays money to Turkey. I also wonder why we only uphold the human rights only when it serves an economic goal. I wonder why religion is still legal after all the atrocities it caused. Because all this 'never again' is always just empty words. Doing something about it would help.
What do we do in Myanmar RIGHT NOW? 🇪🇺🇫🇷
We said "never again" after WW1, then after WW2, then after the Balkan wars, then after Rwanda, and now we're watching the Rohingya and the Uyghurs being the centres of a genocide. How many "Never agains" will it take?
I just read "Shake hands with the devil" by Roméo Dallaire, chief of UNAMIR's forces during the genocide. It is a detailed, raw, hearth-breaking testimony of how easily such a tragedy can happen, how easily can be planned and how easily can be stopped, if there is the political will to do it. Even today I don't think there is a guilt feeling about the inaction of the 'international community' back then. No one really thinks we failed Rwanda, we could really stop the massacre. And the fault is upon the genocidiaires, not us. Which is true. But an international intervention with proper means and right timing could avoid the genocide and spare hundred thousands of lives. And that's true either. If remembering this tragedy got a meaning, that should be to avoid inaction and indifference.
Truly a sad episode of humankind’s history, the documentary really impacted me and despite the criticism you were in a really difficult position.
A harsh bit of Belgian colonial history to accept and acknowledge I suppose, all for the purpose of the rubber trade which enriched the Belgian royal family
Another April, another year, never to forget and always remember so we can hopefully and finally stop the useless and senseless killings all over the world.
Another hideous blot on the History of Mankind 😰
A reminder how the world looked the other way.
And Moçambique? Why EU is so silent about such a tragic situation? ☹
In 2 weeks time will be the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide... I guess you will be quiet then...
Never again, it's happening in China.
European commission is all talk and no trousers. Every time this kind of thing happens it's toothless to do anything about it before it's too late. You need to decide if your are pen pushing adminstrative agents of your nation clients or something better. Make what you can and can't do more clear, whether you can do something or not. The EU plays on a concept of power it doesn't have. As far as I can see without foreign policy or indeed an army, you are nothing but administrators of your clients limitations. As a consequence the aspirations of the EU are misleading.
This was awful genocide, not helped by the fact that Belgium and France decided to pull their troops out, if they stayed they probably could have stopped the whole thing and also the fact the French supplied the Hutu army was disgraceful and as for the Americans the so called leaders of the free world who had plenty of troops in the area but also did nothing, mainly because western countries didn't want to get involved in former colonies, thankfully the British didn't have the same attitude in Sierra Leone a few years later and actually sent troops in to stop the violence
The UN soldiers stood to watch it happen:)
They all came to the realization of the massacre when the quantities of dead bodies started to affect the view of the Victoria fall and their tourism .
Belgium international affairs are no measure of success While they sit around on the sidelines talking without taking action This Guy Verhofstadt is typical of the EU cronies Full of self importance What good did his talking ever achieve The EU plitical project is failing so his rhetoric is concentrated elsewhere
How many more "never agains"? Srebrenica, Rwanda, China, Myanmar, Tanzania....every time "never again". Its hypocritical Guy.
The legacy of European colonialism
Not so far from there, its happening now, this moment a mass murder attack in name of Allah in Mozambique, Cabo Delgado. It's time to do something, the people of Cabo Delgado is suffering with starvation, death and terror and the international community is calming watching the isis terror without moving a single finger. I'm sick and tired about words.... Lots of words but no action at all.
Tribalism, it wasn't racism as both sides were the same race.
A time to remember what belgian colonialism mean! Tutsi and Hutu, both of them were victims of that!
Which was sponsored by European Union
Happy Easter... a time to find solace and hope, especially in a world that often seems to offer so little... ... See MoreSee Less
Yet we still want to believe that with hope all things are possible. We give thanks and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ is risen. Happy Easter to you and family. 🙏🏼✝️🕊
Happy Easter Guy & to all our European friends abroad & living here in Scotland have a lovely day everyone from Glasgow Scotland .❤️🏴🇵🇱🏴🇵🇱🏴🇵🇱
Happy Easter to you too <3
Happy Easter to you and your family, too.
Happy Easter ., rebirth and renewal. Let’s let go of the ego , accept we are different in culture and attitude in Europe . Just get on No point scoring . .
Felices Pasqua a todos. Happy Easter to everyone.
My processional, strange as it may be, at my wedding... ❤️
Happy Easter to the ones who refuse to work.
It's man who want to offer few to nothing to other human beings, it is greed which absorbs so much for few meanwhile so many are in need. It is not the world which has few to offer, it is the man made game which pressures humanity into shapes which serve each time less the many. Happy Eastern.
Consecutive Octaves were deprecated — then I found JSBach had written consecutive Octaves in saint Mathews Pash!
It’s all fine in the UK Guy. Plenty to be happy about here.
Didn't know eunuchs were still a thing.
Good choice 👍
A very happy Easter to you.
He was temporarily inconvenienced for the sins that didn't go anywhere...
Joyeux Pâques Guy!
hope through you guy verhofstadt just like you did in Belgium, where the population is still paying for your mistakes now and in their distant future ...and the netherlands my country,most of our people dont want guy verhofstadt inside this EU with a job,because we you know in the netherlands and we dont like failed leaders like verhofstadt or your partner mark rutte...
Thank you ! Happy Easter !
Nou Guy, ik ben niet religieus maar dit is t mooiste stukje klassiek wat ooit gemaakt.. Vrolijk is t niet maar veelzeggend... Goede paasdagen olé
Great. Thx 🙏