POLITICO's EU Confidential

Ep 167: Commission reshuffle — Strasbourg skip — Brexit's back — Twitter's Nick Pickles

Episode Summary

A European Commission reshuffle, the European Parliament's decision to skip Strasbourg and new uproar over Brexit all feature in this episode — alongside our interview guest Nick Pickles, Twitter's global policy strategist.

Episode Notes

A European Commission reshuffle, the European Parliament's decision to skip Strasbourg and new uproar over Brexit all feature in this episode — alongside our interview guest Nick Pickles, Twitter's global policy strategist.

POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, Matt Karnitschnig and Bjarke Smith-Meyer unpack Ursula von der Leyen's rejig of her top team. The Commission president selected Valdis Dombrovsksis as her new trade chief and nominated Ireland's Mairead McGuinness as financial services commissioner.

The panel also debates the European Parliament’s canceled trip to Strasbourg next week due to coronavirus concerns. And POLITICO's Charlie Cooper breaks down the U.K.'s admission that its new Brexit plans would break international law.

Nick Pickles, global head of policy strategy and development at Twitter, talks to POLITICO's Melissa Heikkilä. They discuss how Twitter handles political content and if there's a middle way between leaving controversial content online and taking it down. Pickles also talks about what Twitter hopes to see in the Commission's upcoming Digital Services Act and Democracy Action Plan.