COP 26 tests politicians’ metal, DG Trade comms is in fine fettle and plagiarism accusations leveled at Xavier Bettel.
This week COP26 got under way. And in case anyone was in any doubt that weather matters… this is Glasgow on the eve of the conference.
Glasgow on the eve of the COP ⛈ pic.twitter.com/RfyjZFopoQ
— Rosie Birchard (@RosieBirchard) October 27, 2021
Which makes the seal mascot all the more appropriate.
Liv McMahon was keen to make sure everyone was introduced to Bonnie
Sorry but I need to make sure that has everyone seen the COP26 seal mascot?? pic.twitter.com/FTxTPBIgGy
— Liv McMahon (@liv_mcmahon) October 24, 2021
Fun fact: Bonnie is recycled as eagle-eyed Christian Calgie pointed out. We’ve seen that mascot before at the European Championships.
Nothing as it’s been recycled from the European Championships https://t.co/W7MnnqY5Wd
— Calgie (@christiancalgie) October 25, 2021
But Hugh Osmond kept it real pointing out that with the amount of sewage being pumped out by the UK water companies, the seals are leaving and rats coming instead.
With the amount of sewage being pumped out by the UK water companies, the seals are leaving and rats coming instead. Cop26 mascot is spot on. https://t.co/o4xMDfdvSa
— Hugh Osmond (@hughosmond) October 26, 2021
Just seen the COP26 mascot getting ready for his new gig joked Swigalot.
— Swigalot (@swigalot) October 25, 2021
Words I never thought I’d say, but that’s a cute rat!
Also this week DG Trade broke the internet with this video.
Trade is not only about closing deals, but also about keeping track of the commitments we make with our trading partners.
— EU Trade 🇪🇺 (@Trade_EU) October 27, 2021
Possibly the greatest thing the EU has ever created tweeted Michael Bruton.
This tweet is possibly the greatest thing the EU has ever created. https://t.co/5CXBseS5us
— Michael Bruton (@MichaelDBruton) October 27, 2021
Yup DG TRADE has seriously upped its comms game.
DG TRADE seriously ups its comms game…bravo 👏 https://t.co/p4J1fzIFlR
— Man from JARRETT 🍁🌐™ (@jarrettreckse) October 27, 2021
Can someone please turn this into a real game? Begged Julia Fernández Arribas.
Can someone please turn this into a real game? 😍 https://t.co/YfwvPvDUEP
— Julia Fernández Arribas (@juliaineurope) October 27, 2021
Giuseppe Famà is looking forward to seeing Josep Borrel’s Street Fighter version.
Break – Now I really want to join a team meeting at the @EU_Commission communications department. It must be crazy stuff.
— Giuseppe Famà (@FamaNelMondo) October 27, 2021
But Guy Verhofstadt sounded a more downbeat note: When will the Commission release its video game on Rule of Law Enforcement ? As it stands now, Orbán and Morawiecki easily beat Von der Leyen or Michel, he said.
When will the Commission release its video game on Rule of Law Enforcement ?
As it stands now, Orbán and Morawiecki easily beat Von der Leyen or Michel… https://t.co/vErbuDQTKs
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) October 27, 2021
Finally this week, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was left red faced after a report emerged that his masters thesis on EU elections was choc a block full of plagiarism.
Pol Reuter shared this visual showing how much of Bettel’s 1999 thesis was copied!
Xavier Bettel's master thesis from 1999 is probably one of the clearest cases of plagiarism. However the prime minister still insists that he wrote the thesis "to the best of my knowledge and belief at the time". pic.twitter.com/zHy4yOEL6W
— Pol Reuter (@PolReuter) October 27, 2021
Apparently he even lifted wholesale passages from the website of the European Parliament reported Mehreen Khan.
Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel found to have plagiarised swathes of his student thesis on EU elections – including lifting wholesale passages from the website of the European Parliament https://t.co/4Zo2n3gFoW
— Mehreen (@MehreenKhn) October 27, 2021
Bettel insisted that he wrote the thesis “to the best of my knowledge and belief at the time”.
But Le Chou found a more novel excuse. Bettel RESPONDS: ‘I Haven’t Done Anything Wrong! Luxembourgish Is 96% Plagiarised From German Already’
Bettel RESPONDS: ‘I Haven’t Done Anything Wrong! Luxembourgish Is 96% Plagiarised From German Already’ pic.twitter.com/fip3Ifaqln
— Le Chou (@LeChouNews) October 27, 2021
Let’s not look too closely at how much of Tweets of the Week is lifted straight from the internet!