G7 Summit shows international strain, if you’re going to Strasbourg, maybe don’t take the train and Euroean Plenary talks migration again.
It wasn’t quite the last supper, but the G7 Summit certainly had a finality about it.
— ??Scott Adams 8am Talk Show? (@scottadamsshow) June 9, 2018
The viral photo released by Angela Merkel’s office spawned a thousand memes.
Angela Merkel's office has released this photo taken today at the G7, which tells you a lot about how things went. pic.twitter.com/IXX6K3ayys
— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 9, 2018
But Daniel Emery reckons this is the best photoshop ever.
Following the meeting Trump aide, Peter Navarro, said there was a “special place in hell” for Canadian PM and G7 host, Justin Trudeau.
Navarro sorry for 'special place in hell'' for Trudeau remark https://t.co/gyn2mkLhZ6
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 12, 2018
In response, Donald Tusk said there is a special place in heaven for Trudeau.
There is a special place in heaven for @JustinTrudeau. Canada, thank you for the perfect organisation of G7!
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) June 10, 2018
And just check out his “power stance” in this other shot of the summit!
When one of your wee damp balls gets trapped under your fat thigh pic.twitter.com/lSvQBvanIT
— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) June 9, 2018
Emmanuel Macron said he didn’t mind Trump going it alone and signing a six-country agreement if need be. “Because these six countries represent values, and an economic market with the weight of history behind it.”
The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be. Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force https://t.co/UA86fcjozs
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 7, 2018
After the G7, Trump headed East for a meeting with Kim Jong Un and
As Jameson Berkow said, you all knew this just *had* to happen right?
You all knew this just *had* to happen right? pic.twitter.com/uIgeGJEoYq
— Jameson Berkow (@crudereporter) June 12, 2018
This week was a Strasbourg week, but half the travelling circus nearly didn’t make it, as one of the special trains broke down en route!
Marjory van den Broeke shared this pic:
Stuck on our way to Strasbourg pic.twitter.com/ni2e7J1Uib
— M van den Broeke (@mvandenbroeke) June 11, 2018
To be honest they don’t look too sad at that stage.
But that was before…
…the chartered Thalys train remained stuck in the French countryside for three hours.
After one hour MEPs were released into the wild.
The chartered Thalys train that shuttles MEPs and their staff from Brussels to the European Parliament in Strasbourg has been stuck in the French countryside for three hours after train lost power.
After an hour stuck inside the heat, they released the MEPs out into the fields. pic.twitter.com/Ur6NU8ck55
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) June 11, 2018
Twitter account mepassistant said “Resources are getting scarce. People are starting to trade interns and amendments for water.”
Resources are getting scarce. People are starting to trade interns and amendments for water.
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) June 11, 2018
Martini Seltzemayr said it was “A tragic story of cross-border refugees travelling in search of government handouts stuck thanks to crazy EU rules. I wish them safe passage.”
A tragic story of cross-border refugees travelling in search of government handouts stuck thanks to crazy EU rules. I wish them safe passage. https://t.co/NMqBVclz9U
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) June 11, 2018
Catherine Bearder put everything in perspective saying it’s unpleasant and hot, but it’s not on the high seas. This is just wasting time, not costing lives.
— Catherine Bearder (@catherinemep) June 11, 2018
When they did arrive there was work aplenty:
The Aquarius debacle was top of the agenda
Dunja Mijatovic, the Commissioner for Human Rights said it was good that Spain finally took in 600+ migrants after a standoff between Italy and Malta saw them stranded in the Mediterranean.
Good to see human rights friendly decision by Spain to receive 600+ migrants currently stuck in the Mediterranean sea, solving a standoff between Italy & Malta. Saving lives at sea is an obligation that states must always uphold #Aquarius @desdelamoncloa
— Commissioner for Human Rights (@CommissionerHR) June 11, 2018
Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, claimed Malta was in full conformity with international obligations and would continue, where possible, carrying out individual and humanitarian emergency medical evacuations.
I took a call from #Italy PM @GiuseppeConteIT to discuss #Acquarius issue. #Malta is in full conformity with international obligations & will not take the vessel in its ports. We will continue,where possible, carrying out individual&humanitarian emergency medical evacuations -JM
— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) June 10, 2018
And Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said this will be part of the legacy of the Parliament and Commission for years to come. Migration will be with us for many decades. We have to be better prepared, more united and resolved to find solutions.
This will be part of the legacy of @Europarl_EN and @EU_Commission for years to come. Migration will be with us for many decades. We have to be better prepared, more united and resolved to find solutions, prioritising always saving lives and protecting those in need #EPlenary
— DimitrisAvramopoulos (@Avramopoulos) June 13, 2018
Also this week, the Parliament welcomed Dutch PM Mark Rutte.
Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, said Netherlands’ contribution is essential in shaping our common future.
— Antonio Tajani (@EP_President) June 13, 2018
Alice Stollmeyer reported Rutte’ call for a 55% greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030.
Wow, Netherlands' Prime Minister @MinPres Rutte calls for a 55% GHG reduction target for 2030, to ensure the EU plays its parts in keeping global warming well below 2C !!#EPlenary #EnergyUnion #ParisAgreement #EU2030 #EUETS pic.twitter.com/KDZHKORTO7
— Alice Stollmeyer (@StollmeyerEU) June 13, 2018
But he also said “Europe is like a giraffe.” Errrr: the giraffe joined the Red List of endangered species in 2016.
#FutureofEurope : “l’Europe est comme une girafe” selon Mark Rutte.
Il ne croit pas si bien dire. La girafe a rejoint la liste rouge des espèces
menacées d’extinction en 2016. Protégons-les ???! @MinPres #EPlenary #IamEuropean #EUandMe pic.twitter.com/DFwrXZZWwz
— Bertrand L'Huillier (@BertrandUE) June 13, 2018
Jorge Valero said: I’ve heard funny ways to describe the EU, including “the grumpy aunt” but comparing Europe to a giraffe is certainly among the top three.
I've heard funny ways to describe the EU (including "the grumpy aunt nobody listens to on Xtmas eve)- Comparing Europe to a giraffe is certainly among the top three. Thanks @markrutte for reminding us this quote!https://t.co/uQLP8fWnN4
— Jorge Valero (@europressos) June 13, 2018
This week we are supported by Gas Infrastructure Europe who are hosting their annual conference in Bucharest today. Find out more about the event and the Gas for Europe 2050 campaign, by following the hashtag GIEAC2018
— GIE (@GIEBrussels) June 13, 2018
And that’s it for this week. Join us again next week for more thrills and spills in the Brussels bubble twitter-sphere.