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In Dutch parliamentary debate last night, Mark Rutte (who is entering election mode) said EU's weakness on linking the rule of law with budget funds make him wonder if you can recreate "a European Union without Hungary and Poland..." 🤔

Valdis Dombrovskis is the EU's new trade commissioner - replacing Ireland's Phil Hogan

Today's reshuffle means the Eurogroup post, financial services commissioner and head of DG Fisma are all IE

This week's European Council has been delayed by a week to Oct 1-2 because @eucopresident  is in quarantine after having come in contact with a person with Covid-19. Via @BarendLeyts 

Top trolling marks would go to Italy if they used Rutte's emergency brake on the recovery fund at the Dutch to protest at NL not doing enough to stamp out corporate tax avoidance via @FT 

Judging from my timeline, Andy Moravcsik has managed to get himself reinvited to Brussels dinner parties with some craven nonsense. Always works

German presidency's draft proposal on rule of law mechanism toughens up link between values & funds and also offers an emergency brake lite to targeted countries. But it's already meeting short shrift with govs who want tool with teeth. Risks being non-starter in divided council

Knives really are out inside the council over the rule of law. One EU diplomat calls attempt by one member state to dismiss the draft propos as "a transparent attempt to delay or block an unloved recovery fund for domestic reasons" 🔪