Tweets of the Week: Brexit fatigue, net zero, and where’s Zuckerberg?

Brexit fatigue sets in swiftly, climate targets net-zero by 2050, and no show Zuckerberg looks incredibly shifty.

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This week it was Brexit, Brexit, Brexit. Yes, again. James Rothwell‏ reported that Belgian police asked anti-Brexit campaigners to stop burning a copy of the Withdrawal Agreement in the streets.

Before, presumably, being baffled by these scenes.

On Tuesday, slightly more dignified Remainers brought their case to the European Court of Justice.

As Zoya Sheftalovic noted, the date for the advocate general’s non-binding opinion on Article 50 is 4th of December.

So put it in your diaries!

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier held a closed-doors meeting with MEPs from the Constitutional Affairs committee.

By Thursday he was back to talk to the whole chamber, but was greeted with an almost empty hemicycle.

Catherine Feore said it must be Brexaustion and apathy.

But James Crisp reported that one of the few who showed up, Nigel Farage was congratulating Michel Barnier! I wish you were on our side because it is game, set and match to you, he said.

And top cartoon this week? NASA has discovered living beings on Mars and they are all against the Brexit deal.

Back on Earth, on Wednesday the European Union proposed to stop contributing to global climate change by 2050.

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete was thrilled. The landmark strategy means that Europe will be the world’s first major economy to go for net zero, he said. Adding I’m proud to be European.

The move to climate neutrality has broad-based support, said Jonathan Gaventa.  Net-zero has already been backed by several member states, plus investors, businesses, utilities, scientists, cities, regions and civil society.

Gregorz Radziejewski tweeted, Let’s face it, without deep engagement of private capital, Net-Zero 2050 will remain just a wish. This must be big on public private alliance.

Meanwhile spoof account Martini Seltzermayr decided to hold a poll. Which is the best route to a carbon neutral future? Burn everything down or stop burning everything down?

Finally, this week’s biggest European appearance was a no show.

Henry Mance quipped, either Mark Zuckerberg is really short, or he hasn’t turned up to Parliament.

Indeed he had not. Facebook sent VP for Policy Solutions, Richard Allan instead. And he faced quite a grilling.

We’ve never seen anything quite like Facebook, said MP Charlie Angus, calling Zuckerberg a frat-boy billionaire from California.


Leading journalist Carole Cadwalladr‏ said magnificent shade was being thrown by the Parliament.

Even the official the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, itself tweeted. 9 countries. 24 official representatives. 447 million people represented. Where is Mark Zuckerberg?

Alex von Witzleben said “Zuckerberg et al would be well advised to use what remains of their political capital to design the new online rulebook before lawmakers lose patience completely.”

This week we are supported by Logos Public Affairs, who celebrated turning 20 by extending solution offerings and exploring new horizons in Geneva and Paris.

That’s it for this week. Join me again next week for more snarks and larfs in the Brussels bubble Twittersphere.

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