This week, Bono comes to Brussels to preach, Frans Timmermans thinks the Commission job’s in reach, and Jean Claude’s dance moves make the British Press screech.
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On Thursday, Ryan Heath helpfully reminded anyone who missed it that self-important Irish crooner Bono visited Brussels to help Europeans see the “romance” of European integration.
— Ryan Heath (@PoliticoRyan) October 11, 2018
HOW could you miss it!? Politicians nearly wet themselves in their eagerness to get a photo with the pint-sized smugmeister.
A discussion about how to help people, not only in Europe. pic.twitter.com/QoWJTrtvJo
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) October 10, 2018
Good discussion with @ONECampaign founder Bono & @EP_President Tajani on rural job creation & sustainable investment in Africa. @EU_Commission is working closely with our African partners to develop new solutions and ideas. Read more here: https://t.co/QRhdMqXxRD 🇪🇺🌍#AUEU pic.twitter.com/Xpe2fhLS7z
— Phil Hogan (@PhilHoganEU) October 10, 2018
Even Udo Bullmann.
The European Union is the best thing that could have happened to us. A community in peace and solidarity. It’s worth fighting for it every day.
Thank you for being with us today, Bono. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to Europe and to a real partnership with Africa! pic.twitter.com/kYmqWGRUgl
— Udo Bullmann (@UdoBullmann) October 10, 2018
Queued up to be lectured to by the self appointed guru of right-on.
But not everyone was so impressed.
Nick Gutteridge reported that security was not letting anyone into the EU Parliament because Bono was there.
Last week he was able to wander around and doorstep Irish leader Leo Varadkar. “Not improving my opinion of Bono,” he said.
Security not letting anyone into the EU Parliament because Bono is here. Was able to wander around and doorstep Leo Varadkar – a head of state – just the other day. Not improving my opinion of the former to be honest.
— Nick Gutteridge (@nick_gutteridge) October 10, 2018
“By playing Bono’s music in Europe, we can deter many migrants from making the dangerous journey here,” quipped James Crisp.
"By playing Bono's music in Europe, we can deter many migrants from making the dangerous journey here."
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) October 10, 2018
And an endless stream of people took to Twitter to point out the hypocrisy of Bono’s tax arrangements.
"We are ONE but not the same" ("you pay taxes, I don't")
— Jorge Valero (@europressos) October 10, 2018
David MacDougall summed it up saying “We can all agree – whether hard core Brexiteer or die-in-the-wool Europhile – that we don’t want Bono involved in any way shape or form. Right?” https://twitter.com/davidmacdougall/status/1050310722562007040
Another week, another hopeful throws his hat in the spitzenkandidaten ring in a bid for the European Commission’s top job.
This week it was Frans Timmermans
— Frans Timmermans (@TimmermansEU) October 10, 2018
The ‘bearded polyglot’ – hat-tip Danny Kemp – garnered mostly positive responses on Twitter.
Managed to get 'bearded polyglot' into some copy https://t.co/nG1IpbMmSJ
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) October 11, 2018
Social Democrat MEP Jo Leinen was pleased, praising Timmermans’ “excellent personality” and saying “European Democracy gets vibrant!”
— Jo Leinen (@jo_leinen) October 10, 2018
“Decent bloke, solid values, great speaker, true European,” added Gareth Harding. “Can’t say that about many politicians.”
— Gareth Harding (@garethharding) October 10, 2018
“This is welcome competition. We wish you a fair lot of success, but not too much,” joked Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer.
— Reinhard Bütikofer (@bueti) October 10, 2018
Of course, if chosen by the Socialists as their candidate, he’ll have to outnumber the EPP candidate with the help of the Greens and the Liberals.
— StHubertus🦌Vérwegkijker (@Huibree) October 10, 2018
The European Parliament 2019 elections just got interesting said Isabelle Ioannides.
The #EP2019 #elections just got interesting. Are we moving away from the binary @EPP vs. @theprogressives battle? The #liberals r getting organised. Looks like a #geberational shift. Is it @vestager's moment? #spitzenkandidat https://t.co/E7S4rLnSnh
— Isabelle Ioannides (@iioannides) October 11, 2018
Let’s hope so, because we’ve got seven more months of this!
Finally this week… more deja vu, more dancing as Commission President Jean Claude Juncker aped Theresa May’s dance moves before a speech.
EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to mock Theresa May with an impression of her ABBA dancing before a speech.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 8, 2018
Juncker MOCKS May screamed the British press, prompting Otto English to remark that apparently the “famous British sense of humour” doesn’t extend that far.
Seems the famous "British sense of humour" doesn't extend to Jean Claude Juncker dancing like Theresa May
— Otto English (@Otto_English) October 8, 2018
Richard Pauptit said May dancing was not funny – Juncker imitating was hilarious. Except to brexiteers – who have no sense of humour.
To elaborate: May dancing was not funny – Juncker imitating was hilarious. Except to brexiteers – who have no sense of humour. Voila
— Richard Pauptit #PeoplesVote (@richardpauptit) October 9, 2018
Not Nigel Farage though “As a Eurosceptic I’m supposed to be outraged… Personally I’m not outraged, I think it’s rather funny,” he said.
Nigel Farage has given his response to Juncker’s dancing: “As a Eurosceptic I’m supposed to be outraged… Personally I’m not outraged, I think it’s rather funny” https://t.co/YpuNQCehK7
— LBC (@LBC) October 8, 2018
However Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the dance was “not directed at anyone,” and was “improvisation.”
Relax James. Without a song or a dance what would our life be ? Not directed at anyone, improvisation on the moment as the music kept playing before he could start his speech. Great respect for @theresa_may repeatedly stated in public and demonstrated in practice. https://t.co/Jr9hzS9dQu
— Margaritis Schinas (@MargSchinas) October 8, 2018
Yeah, right! I mean, say what you like, but he’s nailed her moves.
— Jennifer Baker (@BrusselsGeek) October 8, 2018
And in Fantasy Headlines, Berlaymonster suggested how Theresa May could hit back with a Juncker impersonation
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) October 9, 2018
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And that’s it for this week! Join me again next Friday for more prancing and dancing in the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere.