LUXEMBOURG OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE BRITISH: Are you British, Eurocrat and need a European passport? Don’t worry, little Luxembourg is here to save the day. Union Syndicale Luxembourg, a staff union, is organizing a conference to teach UK officials in the EU how to apply for Luxembourg nationality. The event, organized by Luxembourg Minister of Justice Félix Braz, will be held on July 11 at the European Court of Justice. Lux you!

JUBILING PARLIAMENT AT THE DEPARTURE OF NIGEL FARAGE: A selection of reactions from MEPs to Nigel Farage’s announcement that he would step down as head of the UK Independence Party:
“Hopefully this time he remains resigned!” – Timothy Kirkhope, UK
“It would seem a little strange to continue leading a band with a problem after you hit that one problem, wouldn’t it?” – Jussi Halla-aho, Finland.
“I’m just wondering: if the British had known ahead of time that Johnson and Farage would hit the road if there was a Brexit vote, would they ever have voted for it in the first place?” »- Hans-Olaf Henkel, Germany
“What a ridiculous moment in British history this is. So sad for all the young people at whose expense these guys play their childish games.” – Jan Philipp Albrecht, Germany

TO BURN! BEST INSULTS OF LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGNS IN THE UK: Andrew Marr tells Michael Gove that he is considered a “political serial killer”.
Alan Johnson, former minister and Labor Party campaign leader: ‘Anti-austerity is a slogan, not a policy’, and Jerermy Corbyn has not ‘given any indication that he is capable of going to the – beyond meaningless platitudes ”.
Mary East, a charity worker, tweeted “I want my country to come back” after Nigel Farage said he quit because he wanted his life back.

HERE Screenshot 06-07-2016 at 12.56.30BE DRAGONS: Mihnea Năstase – the son of Adrian Năstase, the former Romanian prime minister jailed for corruption – seems to be doing well. The young Nastase is now political adviser to the European Parliament, to the Romanian MEP S&D Catalin Ivan. Nastase writes his own fantasy-fiction blog, called “Here Be Dragons”, where he says he “engages in politics by day and fiction by night”. He also caused a sensation on social media after posting photos of his girlfriend, Corina Corolevschi, with more than a hundred roses he bought for her 27th birthday.

THE IRISH MEP GENTLY OFFERS MATCHMAKING SERVICES: Seán Kelly, an Irish MEP for Fine Gael, said he had been approached by a British MP from the UK in search of a Brexit-proof life. She asked [him] to have her an Irish husband because she wants to become an Irish citizen after #Brexit. V nice lady. Any takers? ”In response to a question from an Irishman about the lady’s age, Kelly very graciously declined to answer, although he“ risked a guess and said middle aged !!! “Playbook would gladly consider launching a matchmaking service for British Eurocrats looking for a Schengen passport.

Screenshot 2016-07-06 at 12.52.23LEAK OF COMMISSION! NO REALLY, THERE WAS A FLOOD IN THE BERLAYMONT PRESS ROOM: Journalists covering the European Commission were surprised on Monday when smelly water began to flow over them in the press bunker on level -1 of the Berlaymont. James Kanter of the New York Times curtly noted on Twitter: “The Commission is releasing more effluent than usual today (one wag said). Bruno Waterfield of The Times of London was later identified as the wag in question.

AFRICAN ELEPHANTS NEED ACTION FROM EU MINISTERS: The African Elephant Coalition, representing a group of 29 African countries, directly called on EU ministers to follow through on their commitments to ban the ivory trade. Azizou el Hadj Issa, president of the ACS, said ahead of a meeting of ministers that Africans “call on the EU and its member states to [their] support behind [their] the proposals. “The measures include ensuring that African elephants are classified equally in every country where they are found, closing national and international ivory markets and destroying ivory stocks.

BREXIT BRAND: As the rest of the world worried about what would happen in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union, American beer maker Samuel Adams, named after one of America’s revolutionary leaders, already had plans for a new product brew. The Boston Beer Company has registered a trademark of the term “Brexit” for potential use in one of its cider drinks. Others are examining the commercialization potential of the term: an individual from Chicago has registered a trademark for the term for clothing, and a Colorado company has applied for a trademark for its use in dietary and nutritional supplements.

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WHERE ARE YOU? YOU ARE HERE… Last week we showcased the dull and naive VIP boardrooms of the Commission. This week, the Brussels artist Katrin Straub offers some of her pieces to fill in the gaps.

GERMAN WORK: Martin Schulz’s longtime assistant Markus Winkler was appointed deputy secretary general of the European Parliament on Monday evening at a meeting of the Assembly’s vice-presidents in Strasbourg. According to a reading of the session, seen by Playbook, the decision came after a “wide exchange of views” and was opposed by three MEPs – Alexander Graf Lambsdorff and Anneli Jäätteenmäki from the liberal faction, and Ulrike Lunacek from the Greens. Lambdsdorff and Lunacek suggested that parliament should take into account “gender balance and geographic balance”, as there have been some criticisms about the Germanification of the administration under Schulz.

BUF UNION: This is your weekly email recap from the Eurocrat Staff Union, and this week’s beef is on the food. “IT’S TIME TO ACT TO END THE COMPAS GROUP! read the first sentence of an email sent to all Parliament staff from Union Brussels, complaining about the quality and quantity of food served by Compass Group, Parliament’s caterer. It reminds us of that old Woody Allen joke: “The food here is terrible. And such small portions!

MCGUINNESS GETS ITS MOMENT IN THE SUN: Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness, who is running for the presidency of the European Parliament in 2017 when the EPP claims the throne, hosted in Strasbourg a pan-European working group of the European People’s Party entitled ‘Brexit, Ireland and the ‘future of Europe’. “The event was seen by an observer in Parliament as an opportunity for McGuinness, now Vice-President of the European Parliament, to ‘rise above the fray, to become a source of inspiration for the future of Europe and, of course, to look very presidential … “


Therese May: Now the big favorite to succeed David Cameron.

Jean-Claude Juncker: More and more ministers want him to disappear, but he survived and hit Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage in parliament, calling them unpatriotic cowards.

Pierre Moscovici: The Commissioner will add more responsibility on euro issues and global negotiations to his portfolio after Jonathan Hill leaves.


Boris Johnson: He is no longer a prime minister on hold.

Michel Gove: He may have managed to get Boris out of the race, but his ‘betrayal’ did not work well in the UK press, putting May in the lead.

Canada: His chances of securing a trade deal with the EU have dropped dramatically.

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