This EU Tweets of the Week is a State of the Union special. We’ve got the hails and fails, wails and… sails?
The EU bubble Twitterati was in fevered anticipation, with every man and his dog creating State of the Union bullshit bingo cards.
— acumen publicaffairs (@AcumenPA) September 12, 2017
Which made Assi Honkanen feel like a winner.
— Assi Honkanen (@assielina) September 13, 2017
And our favourite was the Youth Forum one.
— François Balate (@FrancoisBalate) September 13, 2017
For some unfathomable reason, Juncker’s speech had a nautical theme this year, as he declared it was time to “throw off the bowlines and sail away from the harbour”.
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) September 13, 2017
Spoken like a true Luxembourgean said Richard Williams: “A fine seafaring nation.”
Spoken like a true Luxembourgean. A fine seafaring nation. pic.twitter.com/U5qBO0A3cg
— Richard Williams (@RichardW251) September 13, 2017
And Jon Worth was impressed: Wow. One President! Spitzenkandidat. Transnational lists. This is pretty federalist.
Whooah. One President! Spitzenkandidat. Transnational lists. This is pretty federalist. #soteu
— Jon Worth (@jonworth) September 13, 2017
Julia Reda was confused by Juncker’s cyber security strategy: “Three proposals, including intellectual property, Really? IP will protect us online?”
— Julia Reda (@Senficon) September 13, 2017
But staying with the nautical theme, Martini Seltzermayr hailed the “Long-awaited shout out for fish fingers.”
Long-awaited shout out for fish fingers in #soteu
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) September 13, 2017
Which kicked off the Great Fish Food Fight of 2017: Only Brits call fish sticks “fish fingers”.
— American EU Dude (@AmericanEUDude) September 13, 2017
Simon Taylor suggested “goujons”.
I prefer the French term "goujons"
— Simon Taylor (@simontaylor71) September 13, 2017
But Anna Buchta said her French-speaking Belgian kids are sticking with fish sticks.
My French speaking Belgian kids stick to fish sticks 😉
— Anna Buchta (@buchtan) September 13, 2017
Half an hour in and not one word said Vasilia Dalianis.
— Vasilis Dalianis (@VasilisDalianis) September 13, 2017
The Parliament Magazine noted still no mention at the 45-minute mark
— Parliament Magazine (@Parlimag) September 13, 2017
After an hour, he STILL hadn’t used the B word…
Juncker still hasn't mentioned Brexit in an hour of the #SOTEU
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) September 13, 2017
And Simon McKeagney wondered if he was trolling by “concentrating on the important things”.
— Simon McKeagney (@SiMcKeag) September 13, 2017
Finally, Juncker gets to the point, but as Danny Kemp reported, “Brexit is not everything because Brexit is not the future of Europe.”
Juncker finally says the B word 1 hour in:'We will move forward,because Brexit is not everything,because Brexit is not the future of Europe'
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) September 13, 2017
In fact, European Parliament negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said that since Brexit, there has been a “reverse domino-effect. People don’t want to leave Europe, they want a reformed Europe”.
— Guy Verhofstadt (@GuyVerhofstadt) September 12, 2017
Nigel Farage said: “The EU have learned nothing from Brexit. Thank god we’re leaving.”
The EU have learned nothing from Brexit. Watch my full remarks to the European Parliament ↓ pic.twitter.com/PfqcUQQGFU
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) September 13, 2017
And ECR chair Syed Kamall responded to the State of the Union speech by calling for “more opportunities, not more regulations and agencies”
— Syed Kamall (@SyedKamall) September 13, 2017
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Join me again for another whistle-stop round-up next Friday.