On 10th May at 1030 CET I am giving a lecture entitled “EU or Großdeutschland: the German influence in the European Union” at the Europe2Day Forum at the University of Trieste campus in Gorizia. This a bit different to my usual lectures about online communications in the European Union, but is a subject that fascinates me. The Powerpoint slides I will use to illustrate the lecture are here (7mb), I will tweet on the tag #E2Dforum, and the live stream of my speech will be here from 1030:
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We now know from @tconnellyRTE and @MatinaStevis that these requests were made last minute, after everything had been set up
This is dire political management by Number 10
Number 10 source says Boris Johnson's team repeatedly asked to move the press conference inside "due to the number of people who would boo and chant" over it, but Luxembourg refused.
“The whole series of events is extraordinary and reflects far more on them than it does us.”
Right. There we go.
Johnson and his people made the request to move the press conference far too late - and once Johnson had heard the protestors one assumes.
So this is bad political management, and cowardice from Johnson.
Well played, UK Govt!
Luxembourg govt source says the request to have the Bettel Johnson news conference inside came at the last minute - it was, said the source, impossible for logistical and security reasons to relocate everything inside because the Lux PM's office was too small to host all press
Stop overdoing the deal stuff, Mij.
Even *were* there a Deal, there is no majority to get it through the House of Commons. So this is neither here nor there.
And rather than being annoyed at Bettel, they ought to be annoyed at Johnson's poor political management.
[email protected]_Bettel clearly venting & channeling some of frustration felt by EU side. But I suspect there'll be many MS - not least Germany & France - that are uncomfortable with this approach. Not conducive for a deal nor relations on other side. Yes, UK has to move. This won't help
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