Tweets of the Week: GroKo, transnational lists, and the Falcon Heavy launch

This week Germany finally gets its #GroKo, in plenary, transnational lists are a no-go, and Elon Musk’s magic spacecar is just loco!

German political leaders agreed on Wednesday to form a new coalition government.

MEP Manfred Weber said the agreement is a signal of stability for Germany and Europe.

But Julia Leonarda reckons the new government will be worse than the last… and is looking for a new country to live in.

Ned Richardson-Little noticed that not a single Minister in the new Grand Coalition cabinet comes from the East. “Great work tackling that sense of regional alienation, guys.”

But the coalition treaty is very pro-Europe according to Jean-Claude Juncker. The word Europe appears 312 times.

#GroKo is short for “grosse koalition.” But Berlaymonster said it sounds like a brand of weed-killer that very slowly kills off all known opposition. Try it now! New, but not necessarily improved.

Speaking of German things that are slow to go, did you know the Berlin Wall has now been down longer than it was up? Twitter certainly did as pretty much everyone decided to tweet about it.

Including Milos Vojinovic‏

Scott Stapf, who feels old.

And Richard Adams

Moving from Berlin to Strasbourg: it’s plenary week and the big focus was on transnational lists freeing MEPs from the chains of national boundaries to be selected or rejected by voters from across Europe.

So would they or wouldn’t they go for it? Spoiler alert! They didn’t.

The European People’s Party spearheaded the parliament’s vote against the initiative.

But Zuzana Pavelková said the EPP and GUE failed to do their homework.

Sam Ryan pointed out that last month Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he supported transnational lists, but this week his party voted against them.

What did pass was a stronger #spitzenkandidaten process. From now on the president of the European Commission will be elected instead of selected.

MEP Danuta Huebner said the process is a matter of democracy and transparency.

Other highlights from plenary include a vote to ban geoblocking for online shopping.

But don’t get too excited — pretty much all the cool stuff you want to buy online is excluded like online tv, Netflix, ebooks, online games, music downloads. So, yeah, 5 out of 10 for effort, but could try harder.

And on Thursday, MEPs voted on whether or not to bend space and time. In scenes not really reminiscent of Doctor Who, the parliament’s own Time Lords decided more study was needed on whether or not to scrap changing of clocks from winter to summertime.

Finally, staying with space travel, Elon Musk and SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster into outer space on the world’s biggest rocket.

It launched at 19:30 Central European Time on Tuesday.

The Daily Mail reported ear-splitting triple sonic booms.

While everybody geeked out!

Euronews reported David Bowie’s Starman was the tune selection.

Stephen Fry liked the reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on the car’s dashboard.

And Charles de Lauzirika‏ asked who would have guessed that HEAVY METAL would more accurately predict the future than 2001 or BLADE RUNNER?

And Nick Motown was willing to bet that even in the seemingly empty, vast expanses of space, the Tesla still somehow had an Audi driving 8cm behind it.

This week we are supported by Digital Europe. Join them for their annual Masters of Digital event on 20 February which will include the first-ever Digital Europe SME Award.

That’s all for this week. Join me again next week for more snark, sass and shenanigans in the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere and send in your suggestions using the hashtag #EUTweets.

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