Welcome to Tweets of the Week. This week, leading Maltese reporter slain, Ireland laughs in the face of a hurricane, and Council suffers under Brexit strain.
This week started with the shocking news of the brutal murder of Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Angus McKinnon reported that it was “grim days in Malta.”
— Angus MacKinnon (@AngusM1966) October 17, 2017
The shock felt by all who knew her was palpable.
OH MY FUCKING ACTUAL GOD MALTA!!! I am beyond shocked by this. https://t.co/2veo206jS2
— Jennifer Baker (@BrusselsGeek) October 16, 2017
as huge crowds gathered for a spontaneous vigil in Sliema.
— Beppe Galea (@BepGal) October 16, 2017
Maltese Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, called the act a cowardly attack on an individual and an assault on democracy.
My deepest condolences to the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia. This is a cowardly attack on an individual & an assault on our democracy
— Karmenu Vella (@KarmenuVella) October 16, 2017
Jurgen Balzan agreed, saying the hideous crime was an attack on collective peace of mind, adding that rule of law is the exception in Malta.
murder of DCG not only a numbing and hideous crime but also an attack on collective peace of mind. Rule of law is an exception in #malta
— Jurgen Balzan (@jurgenbalzan) October 16, 2017
The Wall Street Journal’s Lawrence Norman reported that the European Commission was asked if it would open a probe on that matter, but did not answer.
— laurence norman (@laurnorman) October 17, 2017
In Brussels, Donald Tusk led a minute of silence at a press conference and hundreds gathered to pay their condolences at the Residence Palace.
— EU Council Press (@EUCouncilPress) October 18, 2017
Times of Malta online editor, Herman Grech, pointed out that 26 hours after the bombing, the Malta Police Commissioner was still nowhere to be seen.
— Herman Grech (@Earthling70) October 17, 2017
By Thursday lunchtime, MEP Roberta Metsola said he was still MIA: “Amazingly he has not appeared once since the assassination.”
Has anyone seen #Malta's Police Commissioner?
Amazingly he has not appeared once since the assassination of #DaphneCaruanaGalizia.
— Roberta Metsola MEP (@RobertaMetsola) October 19, 2017
While many of her colleagues also paid their respects…
— Pilar del Castillo (@delcastillop) October 16, 2017
The most incisive and moving comments came from Daphne’s son, himself a prize winning journalist.
— New Straits Times (@NST_Online) October 17, 2017
Hurricane Ophelia’s trail of destruction left three dead, €800m worth of damage and hundreds of thousands without power and water. So it’s no laughing matter.
— Deric Ó hArtagáinTV3 (@deric_hartigan) October 17, 2017
But that didn’t stop the Irish. Dylan McCoy thinks it says more about Ireland that we can’t even be bothered to learn how to spell Ophelia.
— Dylan McCoy (@McCoyster365) October 16, 2017
Star Trek Ireland warned people not to go flying.
— Star Trek in Ireland (@startrekeire) October 15, 2017
And Jamie Hogan reported that a “trampoline from Cork has just landed in Dublin and is already being rented out as a bedsit for €3000 a month!”
A trampoline from Cork has just landed in Dublin and is already being rented out as a bedsit for €3000 a month #Ophelia
— Jamie Hogan (@FCTwenteBenson) October 17, 2017
Mallow News revealed the government spin: Ophelia is Attracted By Our Competitive Corporation Tax & Highly Educated Workforce.
Government Say #Ophelia Attracted By Our Competitive Corporation Tax & Highly Educated Workforce
— Mallow News (@MallowNews) October 13, 2017
But Jack McFadden said the most important thing is that everyone gets a day off.
World: Dangerous deadly storm heading right for you, Ireland
Ireland: Do we get the day off?
World: Well yes but
— Jack McFadden (@ledzeppjack) October 15, 2017
And Scotland too got in on the act: James Melville claimed a warning has been issued over the dangers of flying Greggs bags.
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) October 17, 2017
Finally, it’s yet another Council Summit this week with Brexit dominating the agenda.
An OECD report said that Brexit could cost UK £40 billion by 2019, and £400 billion by 2030 and could cripple the economy “like the Blitz.”
— PubAffairs EU News (@PubAffairsEU) October 18, 2017
But of course the Brexiteers weren’t convinced describing it as “scaremongering claptrap.”
#OECD scaremongering claptrap by an organisation who gets millions from the EU.
— CLOONCLOCK (@Cloonclock) October 17, 2017
Meanwhile back in Brussels, leaders were not in their normal “Space Egg” building as it was evacuated over a noxious gas scare.
New EU ‘Egg’ building evacuated over scare with noxious gases https://t.co/qfvR1K4OhO
— FT Brussels (@ftbrussels) October 13, 2017
I know, I know… too many puns, so much metaphor…
— Man from JARRETT 🌐 (@jarrettreckse) October 18, 2017
Instead, leaders relocated to the Justus Lipsius next door – causing Danny Kemp to think he was watching summit re-runs.
Keep thinking I'm watching EU summit re-runs because the doorsteps are at the JL and not the gassed-out Space Egg
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) October 19, 2017
Theresa May addressed leaders over dinner, which American EU Dude reckoned was comprised of humble pie, sour grapes, trifle, and white whine, followed by leeks.
On the menu:
Humble pie, sour grapes, trifle, white whine
Followed by leeks https://t.co/mAJL0rzxzT
— American EU Dude (@AmericanEUDude) October 15, 2017
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