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Verhofstadt op twitter
Wrong conclusion drawn from a legitimate fear. 👇🏻
The real answer is: we should be able to depend on the EU to get us our vaccines on time.
Going it alone won’t ever work, connected as we are. Up to the @vonderleyen Commission to prove cooperation dóes work !
“We shouldn’t depend on the EU when it comes to vaccine production”, said @sebastiankurz as he flew to Israel with the Danish prime minister. Good morning, Europe... https://www.diepresse.com/5944811/kurz-will-sich-bei-impfstoffen-nicht-mehr-auf-eu-verlassen
This is what a border looks like 👇🏻 and the people who lose from Brexit 🤯
This is the paperwork required to send one order to the EU now. Previously zero. £100k / year of Veterinary inspection fees now, previously £0. Very annoying/ costly for an established business like us, crippling for a small company! Emailed @GregHands , no response...
US approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 👇🏻 What is the EMA waiting for?
Every day counts in deaths, economic damage, public trust and - as AstraZeneca case shows - access to production. EU has all the facilities to compete, but not the procedures !
F.D.A. Clears Johnson & Johnson’s Shot, the Third Vaccine for U.S.
The authorization of a third Covid-19 vaccine will bring millions more doses within days. But health officials worry...
A brutal killing in the Kremlin’s shadow.
Nemtsov’s fate & what it says about the Russian regime need to be remembered for ever !
“When Biden talks about reinvigorating democracy he sounds as if he means it.”
But we in the EU can only remain a normative power if we stick to our democratic norms & values too.
High time that the Commission acts on the RoL towards Poland and Hungary !
The bravery of opposition movements is humbling to see - from Belarus and Russia to Myanmar.
Democratic leaders should take note when a bit of courage from their side is needed to give support !
Despite threats of being detained and fired from their jobs, Myanmar’s civil servants are joining the Civil Disobedience Movement against the coup. Many say they are determined to carry on until the military hands power back to the elected government. https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/arrests-detentions-threat-dismissal-fail-stop-myanmars-civil-disobedience-movement.html
The European Parliament needs to do as the Dutch just did: declare China’s treatment of the Uyghur people a genocide.
No other word, no other option !
Meet the 4 Russians who are on the new EU Magnitsky sanctions list in response to the Navalny arrest. They’re all pretty high value targets, but the EU needs to go after Putin’s billionaire cronies if they have any hope of hitting him where it hurts https://euobserver.com/foreign/151054
We all need to double down on vaccination: production and deliveries at EU level, awareness and rollout in member states !
People will only be convinced once they see the campaign’s progress and success !
Revealed: four in five Oxford Covid jabs delivered to EU not yet used
Guardian finding comes as Angela Merkel talks of vaccine’s ‘acceptance problem’
Verhofstadt op facebook
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Janez Jansa’s onslaught on free media continues 👇🏻
Can the European Commission and Council act before Slovenia takes the EU presidency and becomes the third anti-democratic spoiler after Poland and Hungary ? 🙏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
The east European countries have no democracy tradition. They just fulfilled the requirements to join EU. But democracy is not in their blood. If you ask people their what is Democracy, you often get the answer "everyone can do whatever he wants" There is a lot of education and information necessary!
Janez Janša's political culture - or rather an appalling lack of it - is a disgrace for our country. By parroting Orban's authoritarian politics and Trump's dirty war against any journalists who dares to publicly criticize him or his politics, and by disregarding evidence and facts in public arguments, Janša and his party have become the most serious threat to Slovenian democracy we have seen so far in the young history of Slovenian statehood. It is bound to get worse before it gets better.
Janša‘s attacks on journalists are simply counterproductive. They change nothing to the better. Despite this rather unwarranted and disturbing element, Slovenia remains a story of success, contrary to Poland’s and Hungary’s reactionary respectively fascistoid regimes.
Not quite - I understand the point, but I have too much respect for REAL journalists to go with this
It seems like decency & honesty in Politics are fading away! Trump set free and back on Political arena, spreading lies & propaganda again. I thank God for my religious world & net. 😢😢😢
If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes Brexit !
while champagne socialists/and far right activists run on populist agendas, honest workers struggle to make a living, and worry about the bleak future for their children, fermenting a viscous circle of disenchantment, anger and resentment.
Textbook wannabe dictator: first attack the press, then lie all you want without anyone trusting anything anymore.
There are some tabloids who have turned journalism into a subtle form of misleading biased information
Europe is not what you imagining Guy, but what people want it to be... Might be upsetting decision for you, but here is democracy for you, can't pick and choose as u pleased
"If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes politics" is the Banksy quote. Journalism isn't the enemy, the tax avoiding billionaires who buy politicians to maximise personal profit are. The root of journalism is to display accurate accounts of what has occurred. However, the owners of the tabloids maximise their own personal profits by disallowing the discovered truths to be told.
Perfect description of Boris Johnson’s past :) But what can you do after you got fired for numerous lies? You can only run the country. Nobody else would hire you ;)
Freedom of speech, I don't see a problem if that's what he truly thinks, in a free and democratic society he's entitled to say whatever he wants as long as he's not enciting violence.
But if the media is bias and lacks objectivity on certain key issues, then what? As far as pro-democratic people like me go, everyone has the right to express him/her self, especially a non-profit politician. But when a private for profit news outlet is not doing its job and is ideologically bias, then what? Then what?
Send them to the Gulag if they dare to dissent from the EU Masters. No place for democracy or alternative views in the EU Reich.
How dare Slovenia hold the position of the EU Presidency, when their elected politicians have the wrong opinions and therefore must be removed and silenced in favour of an acceptable country, with an acceptable leader.
Indeed, you only have to read the 'New European' or 'The Guardian' to realise that. Interesting that the Hungary, Poland and Slovenia Heads were all elected Democratically, whereas, the only two Heads voted in undemocratically and not by the people were, Kim Jong Un and Ursula Von der Leyen.Very telling
He speaks the truth. Nowadays the media is a propaganda machine!
Thats been happening in the UK for some time and getting worse.
Unfortunately true. Where is the legislation demanding accountability and transparency?
I don't know in other EU nation but it is true in italy, many journals are clearly aligned with parties and if you read the same news from two journals of different parties it won't look the same news at all.
It is not up to us guy. You in our Parliament have the levers to pull. Pull the damn things while you have a socialist country in the EU presidency with a full understanding of the issues here.
It becomes British Journalism. If that is not a warning flag what is.
Looking at you, toxic British press...
Murdoch journalism. He said ''Workers of the world read shite, you have nothing to lose but your brains''.
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Time for the EU to revisit its relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Let’s start by ending arms sales ! ... See MoreSee Less
Ridiculous, start with you borders first and stop selling to Turkey, they have done so much more to destabilize the region, let alone the Cyprus occupation, invading foreign countries etch
Oil, money and politics more important than human rights. You all in their pockets.
Only KSA what about other countries where you involve in killing innocent people by selling arms and backing non democratic governments and depositing their looted money in Europe banks as safe heavens.... When there is fire in neighborhood you will be catched later but you will be..
Great, if we stop selling them arms, Americans will love to supply the rest.
The countries that wean themselves off armament supply and apply their imaginative brain trusts to new economic uses for that industrial infrastructure will be the leaders long term. The low brow way of war and exploitation can’t last more than one or two generations (although there may not be any habitable parts of the planet left by then).
Why doesn't the EU confiscate the property of Saudi Arabia until the Prince is brought to justice.
Let's not be funny. The EU has no moral right to criticize anyone after it has done nothing about Russia because Germany is energy dependent on Russia. The Union has no foreign policy. The pandemic also showed that national egoisms prevail over internal solidarity - Germany forbade the export of masks to Italy at the beginning of the epidemic. Hungary no longer has democracy and free media, and Poland is beginning to resemble Saudi Arabia in its treatment of women ... I am Euro-enthusiastic and I want a federal Europe ... But apparently European politicians have opposite intentions.
How refreshing that the US administration is once again guided (imperfectly, but no matter) by values in defining its positions and setting policy. Other countries in the region who think of themselves as “best friends of the US” should pause and think.
We will not have more infuence over Saudi-Arabia nor will we have less by no longer selling weapons. There will be no consequence with respect to Jemen if we stop selling arms. The only thing which will happen is that we earn less money and that our own weapon purchases will become more expensive given the lower production quantities with less export. A weapon embargo is completely useless, we only hurt ourselves ! I'm opposed to it !
Good luck with that Guy! The major European economies sell them the arms, do you think they are going to end that cash cow? Also they still have plenty of oil to buy them! Great idealism Guy but not realistic really is it?
The only thing that works is a complete economic boycott, which I also advocate towards China and other dictatorships. These regimes claim they are superior to our system, so let them only trade with dictatorships, but not with free democratic countries
If EU ends Arms sales to Saudi Arabia, it’s possible Russia, UK and some rogue leaders in the West would fill that gap. That would defeat the very ends of the EU. There should be a UN backed move to make arms sales to such rogue nations mandatory.
Not a single Brit here who is aware that it is their nation which is one of the world's biggest sellers of weaponry and armament for war to any and all countries.
Buying less oil and investing more in clean energy will help also... we shall not have a problem in calling a dictatorship as it is... and stop financing the oppressive regimes
Why are people making and selling arms! Use the engineering skills for things that will build a good society not destroying it!!!
I am sure providing the vaccines is a more priority to EU countries than looking what s going on elsewhere. Especially you failed to deliver the vaccines in time
Yes. The bottom line would be :stop selling weapons, and especially to some countries. A bit naive perhaps but sooner or later we really need to addres it. Better sooner than later. Cynicism can only go that far.
I want to thank Guy for brightening up my day again. Every day there he is, sat in his bunker calling out another country. His EU army are going to be really busy in the not too distant (well apart from the fact that the EU tanks will be the only ones ever built fitted with reverse lights) Keep up the good work fella, I am sure the Chinese and Russians will be happy to fill the void of any supply chain "cough" challenges by your noble stance.
Would make sense if the Brits, Americans and other did the same.
When it comes to money and profits, principles fly right out the window. Turkey is no better than Saudi Arabia when it comes to human rights violations. Turkey has imprisoned more journalists and critics than any other country, yet the EU turns a blind eye to these transgressions. Turkey was/is in bed with ISIS, buying their oil, treating their soldiers in their hospitals, plus exacting an ongoing genocide against the Kurds, violating Greek airspace and waters daily, yet the EU turns a blind eye to all this. Countries like Germany refuse to impose sanctions on Turkey, and continue to sell arms and submarines to Turkey, despite the fact that Turkey constantly threatens a fellow EU country, violates EU borders, while illegally occupying northern Cyprus. So when it comes to making money, human rights don't seem to matter to some EU countries. Turkey is a greater threat to the EU than Saudi Arabia, so if you want to stop selling arms to countries involved in illegal wars and genocides, you need to include Turkey.
So Mr.Verhofstadt, better think twice before allowing Italia Viva and Matteo Renzi to join ALDE or RenewEurope. Since he was claiming Saudi Arabia is the leader in a "new reinassance time".
Instead of more ambitious plans I would like you to focus on more mundane things that concern me and other EU citizens; why is meat in general so much more expensive in Austria than in Spain when both are Importing from Germany? Also why are not managing to get our vaccination against COVID in order? Once we get this Teo issues in pace we can worry about the new King in Saudi Arabia ... And for last; why are you posting in English? As far as I understand English is not a EU language any more...
This would be a good move and while you are at it why not stop trade and arms sales to Israel, which occupies Palestine with brutality.
The stake is too big , the armament industry either is a European company, Russian or American will always be shrouded in foggy mysteries .The market is always " thirsty " for new customers, so I highly doubt that something will happen to UAE, more over is the EU oil supplier, there are to many interests to cut off the relationship with this state.
Russia bothers many but primitive religious world of some other countries does not bother anybody because of money.
When the euro bank notes were first designed in 2002, they featured fictional bridges, so as not to cause a row amongst EU member countries.
Ten years later an architect for the Dutch town of Spijkenisse claimed them all for the Netherlands by building them ALL on a single waterway. 😀 ... See MoreSee Less
Everybody complaining about the fiction of bridges, but in coins every country has the freedom to make whatever they want, with all their heritage, and real places, and very few countries use the 7 models available, and most are dull designs...
And if you can't agree on pictures for Bank notes......
Even more genius if they would be toll bridges, each costing the equivalent note to pass on the other side! 🤣
I am sure Boris Johnson will be impressed. He is well-known as a great fan of building bridges, although not unfortunately to Europe.
We still miss The Strait of Messina Bridge It could be the cashless bridge 🤣
Just wait. Boris Johnson will tomorrow announce that he's building them all on The Thames, but 10 times bigger and happier. Also, something to do with a roundabout and various mumbling.
Shame the UK is out of the EU and never adopted the Euro. Our PM knows all about fictional bridges - he wasted £40m on one!
Look forward to " crossing bridges" for a great euro holiday. Perfect
My people gave the name to the continent that our union is located. So we are not jealous. Still though the architect’s intention is admirable and I would be proud to walk these bridges with other European brothers some day
I don't know what's funniest : that the town did this, or that we had to invent fake bridges to avoid a likely row between member states....
Smart move!Europe itself was named after the Hellenic "Ευρωπη" and us Greeks trully believe that the Eurooean history is a heritage that should unite us further rather than creating nationalistic movements etc....
Never mind what they look like - it’s what they’re worth!
If the EU would be as good in communicating a positive vision as they can print notes we would not have have a crisis in the EU...
This looks like : What you order from the internet and what you actually get
Publication about originally fictional bridges being built in the Netherlands. No one absolutely no one: the continent of Europe is named after a Greek myth, the continent has a culturally Greek heritage
You guys certainly have money to spare...
Never let it be said that the Dutch don’t have a sense of humour.
Just because you could not agree which historic and cultural personalities are politically correct to be included on the banknotes.
I bet he didn’t build one like ours. The international bridge Spain/Portugal on the back of the €500 note
i love the humor -- as for the EU - better united than fighting each other - and much cheaper
When the EU political system fails the EURO will become collectors items - in preparation the EU have published millions of Zero Euro notes which costs anything from €10 to thousands depending on their popularity - what a fake institution does best it is beyond belief what lengths they will go to too promote the EU
Richard Hind i like and admire Mutte Merkel I don't agree with her fiscal and financial policies but she is meterphoricaly head and shoulders above all of the UK prime ministers who are just an incompetent bunch of ill educated gormless charity/grammar school wallies
Russell Foster the class on EU identity was always my favourite and the talk about fictional places on the Euro notes! Thought you'd like to see this!
Great. But can he print new bridges at the rate ECB prints new Euro. I doubt it! 😂
Yes, PM BoJo wasted a lot of money on that bridge over the Thames and had many other expensive follies when he was the Mayor too! 😂
Very disappointing attitude by @amnesty. The fight for Navalny is not about his opinions of the past, but whether he and 145 million other Russians are allowed to have opinions... without the state police putting poison in their underpants.
Not too hard to see the difference ! ... See MoreSee Less
Well in that case Amnesty International shouldn't be considered a "charity" as its UK branch's CEO alone receives an annual salary of nearly a quarter a million pounds (£210.000 in 2015). That's utterly disgraceful.
But what are the criteria for ‘a prisoner of conscience’? I thought it was all about the right to free speech, not whether you like what has been said! This is as bad a view as that of the dictators Amnesty oppose! So disappointing
You’re spot on Guy. How can Amnesty not believe him to be a prisoner of conscience? They need to change that announcement. And fast.
Yea, the ends justify the means. And of course, this is another. Let's support Russian nationalists like nothing bad can happen. And there was never a bad ending with a strategy of feeding one radical opponent, to make him strong and be able to fight common enemies, covering with a talk about high politic supervising and that everything under control and for the greater good.
Just reading a book by Noam Chomsky"The Failed States".So difficult to know who has a right to preach to whom regarding human rights.Aaaah... the human condition is so disappointing.
Let's put it this way ,Europe plus uk will take another AMNESTY has fought harder than most for human rights ,the rest of you sell arms and revel in selling weapons for war and maiming men women and children.Your world is rotten to the core
Amnesty Ireland was part of a move to remove the political voice for women campaigning for sex based rights, or as it used to be called women’s rights.
I see that reported on Sputnik, RT - but not on Amnesty.org
If ever any present day leader embodied the notorious Louis XIV of France doctrine "l'état, c'est moi!" it is Vladimir Putin. The poor people of Russia have to suffer while he runs a thugocracy for his own benefit and that of his billionaire cronies. I don't know what Navalny may have allegedly said in the past, but let's not forget that other people such as Nelson Mandela advocated violence at one time in their lives but went on to embody a true spirit of reconciliation as leader of South Africa.
The way you carry on, Guido, you'd think they didn't have elections in Russia. Oh yes - and even here in horrible backward old Britain we jail people both for breaking their parole and also for hate speech.
Verhofstadt should be in American politics. It is appaling how much this guy wants to intefere in internal affairs of other countries.
Amnesty is neither transparent nor accountable in its judgments. usually sound but not always
This my kindly opinion in which make my perspective on the #better,@Amnesty international has not done a atom of wrong in their statement,in the eyes of the law,even the pass can still hurt us if we are founded wanted by abuse of international values and norms,mostly when the fact is withing the public knowledge@amnasty international has take time to review matter of concern about the person in question,if we most make case against government or institutions we most come with our hands clean and clear of any dirty,in other to set a pathway for the next generation to come,we understand that the government of his home country is not a saint here as scenario and event has shown his steel neck on issues of concern of state power for the advancement of the few goal,which make it difficult for the ordinary people,i thinks also the judiciary is toothless in the matter or in something bought by the government of finance them,let's make a case here about a sex abuse of lady in her 22 by a man whom was in his 31 as at that time,the case was not reported,but somehow after 20years later,the said man who committed the crime now become a ministerial nominee before the Senate committee,the lady now in the other comp as opposition,should you say that the lady has no legal standing to make case against my minister nominee in the court of law?,(note) this is just an artificial case study to say that the past #matter and such the #Amnesty could be said to be right.
When the fight against the Russian regime pardons hate speech and extremism, the moral and ethics in the background are questionable. From the second world war we should have learned that the past matters a lot.
I agree Guy, That’s the sort of action that might encourage me to cancel my lifetime Amnesty donation, however much I despise hate speech.
No. It is not about him but about the fact that he has been falsely imprisoned for opposing Putin. There have been plenty of people out on the streets and getting arrested, clearly stating that they don’t agree with his views but defending his right to oppose Putin. This is completely wrong headed. I donate to amnesty every month and have done so for decades. It had to be dragged into acknowledging gay people as political victims of injustice and now this. Get a grip
Once Upon A Time I used to stand out in the rain collecting for AI. I would still write letters of conscience to those holding or framing people who have committed no crime other than protest. But as for AI today, I consider it the Third Reich of Human Rights Conscience. It is a joke. A PR outfit has become or overcome it. Dare have an opposing opinion, in their view would constitute hate within themselves towards the opined.
They are still demanding his immediate release. They still believe he is a political prisoner. He has just lost the superlative honorific on account of the fascism. Right?
Do you mean Navalny has the right to name my nation 'khachi'. This is his opinion about an entire nation and because he wants to bully my nation he is a 'prisoner of conscience'? Navalny's opinion sounds like discrimination to me, won't you agree? Thanks Amnesty for defending the idea of this status!
Well so all that idea of punishing speech turns out it can lead to quite nasty stuff, who would have see that coming?!? Oh, wait, every liberal minded people.
Sanction the rouge country Saudi Arabia asap!
Go and fo something usefull free Assange. Or those Catalanen 13 year in prison!!! 13 years!!! And then navalny! 2.5 year to a workcamp. And not a priso camp. Those do not excist in russia. A workcamp is prison light regime!!!!! Nothing to do with gulag. And i doneone here wants to say otherwisr...send me the address or locations of those prisoncamps. I read in western nedia that there should be 900 of them. I ask you give me just 1.. location address!!! And i will check it out.where are those prisoncamps??? In Siberië. I am living in Siberië. Near vektkr where they make sputnik vaccin. Where are those 900 prisoncamps. I want addresses. Just 1 ... should be easy .
WTF. YOU CRITICIZE AMNESTY FOR POINTING OUT HIS ATTITUDES???? This is hilarious. And yes, this is not about HIS freedom of expression. This is about a guy who is ultra right and demands freedom of expression for himself, while oppressing others!!! You, Guy, are criticizing Amnesty??? You? What is your track record of proven humanitarian interventions? SHOW ME. What have YOU done to outshine Amnesty? We both know exactly why you defend Navalny here.
Guy is a lobbyist for the interests of the USA. Together with Baltic States, they want to sow disorder in Russia, and to divide the EU with Russia. Navalny is their tool. They are disappointed that he is a hateful guy, a racaille
Amnesty International there only interested in Money same as all the rest of these organisations say they will help this and help that there in it to make money
7 days ago
Mass suppression in Xinjiang, loyalty oaths for politicians in Hong Kong, pressure on Taiwan, vaccine diplomacy worldwide and this 👇🏻 kind of narrative from state media...
Every day has problematic stories of the direction China is taking.
EU & US need to cooperate closely - carrots & sticks ! ... See MoreSee Less
EU: mass unemployment, national economies in the brink of collapse, businesses going bust daily, appalling response to the pandemic with hundreds of thousands dead and millions affected, total mess with the vaccines. But, NOT a single resignation! ZERO accountability by Governments and EU parliament! Do you call this democracy? Shifting the blame to an external enemy and looking for a scapegoat will not help. Especially when China is the engine of the global economy. US liberal democracy after Trump is dead. Time for the EU to wake up, learn and work for global peace and prosperity.
China cannot be trusted by ANY democracy. That is why the Five Eyes Alliance needs to keep monitoring China’s hegemony.
Hegemony, is everywhere, certainly in China and here in the UK with our creaking democracy..
Another job for the EU military forces. Hungary and Poland already brought to heel; on to Beijing......!
Some seem to need to dominate others - often they are weak people.
You don't usually get it right, Guy, but this time you have.
If China is complaining Five Eyes must be doing a good job
The EU and US need to continue to be the dominate force in the world, a scenario of China being no.1 would be a much worst direction for the world.
You keep doing what the warlords from Washington wants you to do... And that’s why we will never be in peace
Unfortunately all they are doing is play by the book written by the United States and the previous world powers. Do I like it? No. Do I understand it? Yes.
China, it is impossible. you can't be a superpower with the help of Pakistan. #ChinaLiedPeopleDied
No one here wants to "dominate" the world. We want to live in peace with a China that respects human rights-including those of Chinese citizens. Your post makes it sound as if China wishes to dominate.
Yet on 8 Feb, you were saying that despite Biden now in the White House, the EU should be “trusting itself, not others” and not get too close to the US. Classic politician, soundbites only, no conviction.
Maybe it's time for the EU to stop bickering with Russia, unite and build up?
Guy in different way the USA is much worst for the world tha China internally I don't know
US national security aim is explicit that no peer should challenge US militarily. why are we surprised someone realizes this?
Maybe five eyes is necessary to help curb the growing power ambitions of a empire building China.
don't worry Vurrhoffstadt, the English speaking world UK, USA, AU, NZ are already acting
We are lucky that EU have no problematic stories 😂... day after day
The EU exported 129bn EUR worth of goods to China last year. You don't think there are some double standards being displayed here?
The 5 eyes has the UK in it so it is defacto now an enemy of the EU whilst the undemocratic despotic UK has any contact. The EU needs to form its own intelligence alliance with the US and take the UK out of the loop. The UK will break up soon anyway.
Isnt this a good thing? Looks like we've got them rattled over something, they've even pulled out the race card!
Didn't European companies and corporations act like profit junkies undermining EU production to optimize and increase their profits? Didn't those companies and corporations create the power China has nowadays? Isn't it a bit ridiculous to pray on the behaviour of China without mentioning how the profit junkies of the rest of the world helped getting there? Mass suppression? Well, we have seen that all over Europe in the last 13 years. I would like to give a quick reminder how brutally people were treated all over southern Europe to press them out like oranges when their corrupt governments served themselves with both hands creating misery all over which still has it's effects? Let's stop talking about China and how the EU can be rescued from falling apart.
I'd forget the carrots when it comes to China.
Five Eyes and EU = over 900 m population.