Europe wants to see UK tourists less, Black Lives Matter widespread protests stress, and MEP joins committee in state of undress.
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As Europe gradually opens up its borders following the COVID-19 pandemic, one couldn’t help but notice that a certain country was not on a lot of guest lists:
Spoof account Martini Seltzermayr summed up the protocol:
Number 36: Rest of world
Number 37: Extraterrestrials who say they come in peace
Number 100: The UK
PROTOCOL ORDER FOR REOPENING EU BORDERS:
1. Countries ECDC deems low risk
2. ECDC medium risk
36. Rest of world
37. Extraterrestrials who say they come in peace
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) June 3, 2020
Sharon O’Dea reported that the Netherlands will welcome back tourists soon. But “we do not want British people or Swedes here at the moment,” according to Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.
Tourists welcome back in the Netherlands soon. But "the message is, we do not want British people and Swedes here at the moment,’ said PM Mark Rutte. "If they do come, they will have to go into quarantine for two weeks."https://t.co/rMpLSSF3bD
— Sharon O'Dea (@sharonodea) June 4, 2020
Greece has also sidelined the UK, and that means it also refuses Irish because of the border.
As Greece opens up to EU tourism ,it has sidelined UK as "too high risk for now" . Sadly, it found itself also refusing Ireland because "that British border" ( their words,not mine)..
— Irishmonk (@castlvillageman) May 31, 2020
Meanwhile British PM Boris Johnson wants European workers who left the UK as lockdown began to come back!
“We want you back”
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 3, 2020
Speaking of coming back…
This is the maximum distance I’ve ever kept physically from Jean Claude Juncker, tweeted Commissioner Margaritis Schinas, “but we remain just as close at heart.”
— Margaritis Schinas (@MargSchinas) June 3, 2020
All together now: Aaaaawwww.
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This week saw Black Lives Matter trending again after horrific scenes of violence in the United States.
Matina Stevis said that with every US backslide, the burden on Europe to uphold values once taken for granted grows heavier.
— Matina Stevis-Gridneff (@MatinaStevis) May 29, 2020
But, added Elizabeth Collett, racism is everywhere. No one in Europe watching the news unfold across the Atlantic should be feeling superior right now.
Racism is everywhere. No one in Europe watching the news unfold across the Atlantic should be feeling superior right now. This from the @EURightsAgency, just last year. #BLMprotests pic.twitter.com/zJVb0Y5KbB
— Elizabeth Collett (@migrationliz) June 3, 2020
Gary Lineker was among those who tweeted pictures of mostly peaceful protests throughout Europe including in Hyde Park.
This is in Hyde Park. Mostly young people gathering. Love that our younger generation get how important this moment is. Gives hope for the future. pic.twitter.com/c92Jf9K9qW
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 3, 2020
But Marc Püschel reckons that when a riot anywhere, happens, France be like: Hold my beer.
Riot anywhere: *happens*
French people: Hold my beer https://t.co/hNCG7tEESl
— Marc Püschel (@Daily_Hegel) June 2, 2020
In Belgium, graffiti art on the side of a train reads “I can’t breathe” in memory of George Floyd.
Graffiti art on the side of a train in Belgium reads 'Please, I can't breathe' in memory of George Floyd pic.twitter.com/s9ASQ4hXyL
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 29, 2020
And in Ghent, the bust of King Leopold II of Belgium, who orchestrated the genocide of 10 million Congolese was defaced by protesters.
The bust of King Leopold II of Belgium, who orchestrated the colonial genocide of 10 million Congolese people, has been defaced by protesters in Ghent, Belgium.
The movement against racism and injustice is truly global! pic.twitter.com/MZLlX7eeFZ
— Facts About Africa (@OnlyAfricaFacts) June 3, 2020
Finally this week… there’s no covering-up some MEPs!
As Luke Ming Flanagan joined the European Parliament’s Agri Committee online meeting in his jocks presumably thinking the camera cut him off at the waist.
Just look at Norbert Lins face, urged Mícheál Ó Scannáíl
Luke Ming Flanagan has had an absolute mare here.
Joined the EU Ag Committee zoom meeting in his jocks after coming back from a run and presumably thinking the camera cut him off at the waist. 🤦♂️
Look at Norbert Lins face.
— Mícheál Ó Scannáíl (@moscannail) June 2, 2020
And while Joseph Sexton is right – we all could do with some levity in these trying times
We all could do with some levity in these trying timeshttps://t.co/vQNNZ1pujE
— Joseph Sexton (@josephsbcn) June 3, 2020
– there’s just no un-seeing that!
At least Ming himself has a sense of humour. “Hope you like my legs!” he tweeted.
Hope you like my legs!
— Luke 'Ming' Flanagan (@lukeming) June 2, 2020
Maybe taking part in a Parliamentary debate in underwear, the power flex to end all power flexes, suggested MEP Assistant.
Taking part to a parliamentary debate in underwear, the power flex to end all power flexes. https://t.co/3wdiakAa82
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) June 2, 2020
Yeah, and maybe not!
That’s it for this week