Lawless Europe – UK collapse – Facebook outage – POLITICO
By KATE DAY
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Hello from London,
A dizzying week at Westminster, where Boris Johnson’s inability to take anything seriously ends up catching up with him. The charismatic spokesman for the Conservatives was finally caught off guard, after months of scandals, lies about scandals, anti-pollution polls and administrative mess. Of course, the ending was just as dramatic as Boris viewers expected, and I’m sure you were as gripped by the cascade of resignations as we were.
These are the breaksyou could say.
The Conservative Party is now on the hunt for a hero – although almost everyone is keen to give it a try. The summer will be dominated by talk of sleaze, with several of the favorites to replace Johnson already keen to assert their integrity. Whether they are able to escape the misdeeds of the past is another question.
Just in case you thought for a minute that Britain’s politicians were alone in their plot, we’ve had stories this week that revealed secret deals, rule breaks and plenty of haggling. Boredom may have become fashionable again when it comes to leaders, but we continue to unearth a lot in European politics, it’s anything but.
The week ended with the worst news imaginable when former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe was assassinated while delivering a campaign speech. This terrible act of political violence is a horrifying reminder of how precious democracy is. Our thoughts are with Abe’s family and the Japanese people.
I wish you all a peaceful weekend,
Europe faced with the Facebook blackout
Facebook may be on the verge of collapse in Europe. POLITICO learned this week that the Irish Data Protection Commission intends to block Facebook owner Meta from sending user data across the Atlantic due to concerns about US surveillance practices. Read the story.
Special file: Europe without law
The European Union is underpinned and defined by a vast body of law that binds the bloc. But what is the EU if these laws are not really enforced? Over the past five months, teams of POLITICO journalists have set out to document cases of breaches of EU law across the bloc – from a super-polluting steelworks in Italy’s heel to faulty or unsafe products circulating in a major e-commerce. in Belgium, to Romanian farmers who use bee-killing pesticides indiscriminately, despite being banned across the EU since 2018. Read the stories.
The European Parliament is preparing a behind-the-scenes agreement to appoint a senior civil servant
POLITICO’s Brussels Playbook this week broke the story of an astonishing behind-the-scenes deal to install Alessandro Chiocchetti as the powerful post of secretary-general of the European Parliament, despite objections from political groups and officials in the parliament’s administration. The political agreement involved the creation of an entirely new directorate-general, although no one knows exactly what it will actually do. Read the story.
UK Tories worried about foolishness
After a stunning week in British politics, the ruling Conservative party’s self-image as the natural political force behind a restrained and competent government is in tatters. The party’s revolt against Boris Johnson suggests MPs realized they had a problem with sleaze and integrity – the tougher question is how to deal with it. Read the story.
Refugee diaries: images of the old and new house
In this second part of our project on the journey of refugees who fled the war in Ukraine, we asked six of them to illustrate their experiences with videos or photos, and to tell us how things exchange. Their responses included stories of adaptation and loss, deep grief and small pleasures. Read the story.
Calm down! EU’s top digital lobbyist must pay for selling a horse like a pony
A leading Brussels lobbyist. A pony named Spartacus. And a judgment of €125,000. A galloping reading on the (literal) Brussels haggling. Read the story.
Glacier collapse hits Italy with new climate threat it can’t escape
The torrent that hit hikers on the slopes of Marmolada mountain in Italy’s northern Alps was so violent that, four days later, rescuers were still carrying out the macabre work of sifting through ice, rock and mud to find evidence of missing persons. POLITICO reporter Karl Mathiesen went to the scene to document the aftermath of the tragedy and the growing realization that there is little there is much anyone can do to stop more such calamities, even if climate change makes them more likely. Read the story.
The Russian Ship of Lies: How a ‘stolen’ grain shipment could wreck the Black Sea truce
This A quick and deeply reported story has underscored the implications of Russia’s provocative decision to ship Ukrainian grain to Turkey – potentially dashing the chances of a deal between Kyiv and Moscow to revive Black Sea grain shipments to Turkey. a hungry world. Read the story.
YOUR WEEKEND PLAYLIST
EU Confidential: Ylva Johansson, EU Home Affairs Chief – Australia Reset – Line of Interpreters
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson joins Brussels Playbook co-author Suzanne Lynch on the podcast to discuss EU migration policy – what progress has been made since her plan was unveiled in September 2020 and where sticking points remain. And we welcome a delegation of Australian visitors to learn about the state of relations with the EU. Listen to the episode.
Westminster Insider: Through the lens of Twitter: Watching a government crumble in real time
As Boris Johnson’s jaw-dropping fall unfolds on Twitter feeds across Westminster and far beyond, Jack Blanchard examines how the social media platform has revolutionized the way we watch, write and conduct politics British. Co-host Ailbhe Rea, Twitter executive Nick Pickles and freelance journalist Marie Le Conte discuss how Twitter has become the main platform through which political junkies now view major events such as the end of the term of office. a Prime Minister, and how he offers the whole world a window into the once closed world of Westminster. Listen to the episode.
The democratic process is ruined. Only freebies for voters can save us now. Declassified has the details.
“We’re going live to the Backstreet Boys reunion press conference.
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Thanks for all the entries. Here’s the best of our mailbag – there’s no price other than the gift of laughter, which I think we can all agree is far more valuable than money or booze.
“How do I have to quit?by Clive Ponsenby.
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