Hello and welcome to this week’s Friday fun with EU Tweets. Of course, dominating the news this week is Emmanuel Macron’s presidential victory in France.
His official Twitter account broke the news first with a “Déclaration officielle”.
Reuters’ Noah Barkin got straight to the point, asking what the new nickname will be after Merkozy & Merkollande. He votes for “Mackerel”!
Europe will not be fixed until we have a name for the Macron/Merkel couple (to replace Merkozy & Merkollande). I vote for Mackerel pic.twitter.com/8WeuoB9bVt
— Noah Barkin (@noahbarkin) May 8, 2017
Others pointed out the striking difference between the new French president and his counterpart in the US.
Tobias Schneider wondered if the Molière quoting leader will have much to talk about with famously book-shy Donald Trump.
Emmanuel Macron reciting the opening dialogue of Molière's "Le Misanthrope" from memory.
Him and Trump will have so much to talk about. pic.twitter.com/UT4NNBadHY
— Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) May 9, 2017
And yet more considered his dashing looks! Hollande may not have been as attractive as Obama, but with Macron and Trump the tables have turned, said Spark Dise.
Quand on avait Hollande vou aviez Obama, maintenant vous avez Trump on a Macron, la roue tourne https://t.co/O2eirk2qpT
— SparkDise (@SparkDise) May 8, 2017
And, of course, there was the inevitable comparison with Brexit. We think this cartoon says it all. It’s the domino effect.
— Thomas Taylor (@ThomasHTaylor) May 8, 2017
Back in Brussels, Europe Day took centre stage. Thomas Pesquet said that viewed from space, London, Paris and Brussels form a very European triangle.
— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 9, 2017
While an account calling itself EU Flag Mafia celebrated with a huge 4-metre flag in Maidenhead.
— EU Flag Mafia (@EUflagmafia) May 9, 2017
However, the Leave.EU campaign wants to do away with “the corrupt European Union” and posted this image featuring Nigel Farage and Marine LePen.
Happy #EuropeDay everybody!
— LEAVE.EU ?? (@LeaveEUOfficial) May 9, 2017
Many others, including Krishnan Guru-Murthy, highlighted the latest Banksy mural.
Confirmed – it IS Banksy who has been hard at work in Dover chipping away at Brexit pic.twitter.com/uNKeJZtpqd
— Krishnan Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) May 7, 2017
Finally, we have learned who will replace the irreplaceable Kristalina Giorgeva as Bulgarian Commissioner. The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov announced the nomination of Mariya Gabriel on Twitter.
— Boyko Borissov (@BoykoBorissov) May 10, 2017
The next step, as explained by the Commission, is an interview with Juncker.
— European Commission (@EU_Commission) May 10, 2017
Leading Katie Owens to ask, do we know if she will take over Georgieva’s former portfolio or is it time for a re-shuffle?
— Katie Owens (@ktowens) May 10, 2017
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