Tweets of the Week: Puigdemont, indictment and Halloween

Welcome to Tweets of the Week. #Puigdemont in Brussels causes excitement; there’s an EU connection to those US #indictments; and happy #Halloween, we hope you weren’t frightened.

They seek him here they seek him there!

There was widespread excitement as Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont fled Barcelona for Brussels.

Stavros Papagianneas‏ was curious to hear why he is here and not there.

Was it to claim asylum, or as many suggested, for the frites  – just don’t order sauce Andalouse – or was it to stage the most shambolic press conference Brussels has ever seen?

Hundreds of journos crammed into the Press Centre

Literally crawling over each other as James Crisp showed

But as Parliament Magazine pointed out.. There wasn’t even an open bar!

Thankfully, we were spared more chaotic scenes the following day as rumours of press conferences in Ghent on a Belgian bank holiday proved unfounded.

The always excellent Mick Twister composed a limerick:

There once was a man from Girona
A Catalan go-it-aloner
Who ran off to Brussels
When Spain flexed its muscles
And made him a wanted persona.

But it was Guy Verhofstadt who cut through the merriment, it might be a three-ring circus here in Brussels, but in Spain and Catalonia it’s a very serious matter indeed.

On Monday it was #Mullertime across the Atlantic as Special Counsel and former FBI chief Robert Mueller confirmed indictments against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, Trump aide Rick Gates and foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

Kyle Griffin reported that Papadopoulos is bait to catch bigger fish.

After it was confirmed that he attempted to set up a meeting between Trump and the Russians.

According to Seth Abramson, Papadopoulos was already working for Trump meeting Greek dignitaries at the inauguration.

But who is the illusive man of mystery that introduced him to Putin’s circle?

The Maltese “professor” Joseph Mifsud soon had European reporters chasing their tails again.

Most of the best digging into Mifsud’s tangled “web of connections” was done by Jon Worth and Dan Vevers.

Finally interviewed in Italy, Mifsud admited he facilitated contacts but denies he passed on ‘dirt’ on Hilary Clinton.

It ain’t over yet, so watch this space…

And finally, of course this week was Halloween, so everyone tried to shoehorn a spooky reference into their message… with mixed success

eEuropa said the EU is still haunted by a GenderPayGap and that some ghost busting is needed.

Airlines for Europe asked if Europe’s airports were “trick or treat?” saying they get “supernormal returns”

Donald Trump Jr’s attempt to use his daughter’s halloween haul, to pillory “socialism” backfired badly.

But a round of applause to the Belgian Police who reported a “busier air traffic” with a higher than usual number of broomsticks!

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