Coronavirus lockdown causes pasta distress, what happens next in Brexit is anyone’s guess and a carnival in Flanders fails to impress.
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This week saw the coronavirus COVID19 spread to more countries in Europe.
Northern Italy is the worst hit and even the governor of Lombardy is in self-isolation after his aide tested positive.
"I am ready to protect everyone from Lombardy and anyone who comes into contact with me.”
Governor of Italy’s Lombardy region is in self-isolation after his aide caught coronavirus.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) February 27, 2020
However you know it’s serious, Rory Gleeson, “started the day following coronavirus development near Milan, spent the rest of it translating Italian memes, most of them dissing pasta shapes unworthy of panic-buying.”
Started the day following coronavirus development near Milan, spent the rest of it translating Italian memes, most of them dissing pasta shapes unworthy of panic-buying.
— Rory Gleeson (@RoryRua) February 26, 2020
Chloe Condon was most amused by this Italian man being upset over the pasta shelves being empty.
I took some time to educate myself on COVID-19's spread in the EU last night, and I now I keep thinking of this gif of an Italian man being upset over the pasta shelves being empty 🍝 pic.twitter.com/fTbfKC45gO
— Chloe Condon 🎀 (@ChloeCondon) February 26, 2020
It’s true! Despite Italians hoarding pasta because of the coronavirus, they would rather starve than eat smooth penne!
Italians are hoarding pasta because of the corona virus but would rather starve than eat smooth penne omgggg 😭😭 https://t.co/Pxoc2oTuTJ
— Nathania (@PilosopoTanya) February 25, 2020
Meanwhile, according to CNN: “Germany is not considering closing the country’s borders with Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak.”
Germany is currently not considering closing the country’s borders with Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak, its foreign ministry said https://t.co/OqzbZGfvdg
— CNN International (@cnni) February 24, 2020
Leading all of European Twitter to point out: Germany doesn’t have a border with Italy!
Germany doesn’t border Italy CNN. pic.twitter.com/BTHzULFH7u
— Pip Hut (@hutton257) February 25, 2020
How old is your map?
How old is your map?
— Feiryred🕷️🌶️ 🌈 ♿🏴 (@Feiryred) February 25, 2020
And Tom Freeman had this snarky advice: “To reduce the risk of coronavirus infection, be sure to wash your hands regularly, carry tissues, and equip your personal troop of robotic bodyguards with flamethrowers so they can incinerate anyone within 20 metres of you.”
To reduce the risk of coronavirus infection, be sure to wash your hands regularly, carry tissues, equip your personal troop of robotic bodyguards with flamethrowers so they can incinerate anyone coming within 20 metres of you, and call NHS 111 if you are concerned about symptoms
— Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief) February 26, 2020
On Monday evening: “Habemus negotiating mandate” said an EU diplomat.
The mandate was rubber stamped by ministers on Tuesday.
'Habemus negotiating mandate' EU diplomat says.
The mandate for post Brexit transition trade deal finalised by EU ambassadors. Will be rubber stamped at Europe ministers meeting tomorrow.
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) February 24, 2020
“We stand ready to build a close, ambitious partnership with the UK,” tweeted Ursula von der Leyen saying negotiations will begin the week of 2nd March.
✅ Mandate approved. Ready to go. Negotiations with the #UK will begin the week of 2nd March.
We stand ready to build a close, ambitious partnership with the UK. This is good for people, good for business. #NewBeginnings 🇪🇺🇬🇧
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 25, 2020
It’s on! Said Anna Gumbau as Number 10 also published the UK’s position.
— Anna Gumbau (@AnnaGumbau) February 27, 2020
The key sticking point is around regulatory alignment and level playing fields.
Berlyamonster imagined it thus:
Revealed: the UK/EU un-level playing field.
Neither side's at a disadvantage, but if you're the UK, playing left to right, those on the left wing never get the ball. pic.twitter.com/xhXSfIiWiQ
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) February 25, 2020
Just a reminder, Adam Fleming’s Brexit golden rules still hold true:
“No” sometimes means “maybe.”
Expect the unexpected.
Expect the expected.
Negotiate in haste, repent at leisure.
“It’s an on-going process.”
Everyone says it’ll get easier, it won’t!
WATCH My golden rules from the #Brexit talks:
1⃣ "No" sometimes = "maybe."
2⃣ Expect the unexpected.
3⃣ Expect the expected.
4⃣ Negotiate in haste, repent at leisure.
5⃣ "It's an on-going process."
6⃣ Everyone says it'll get easier, it doesn't. https://t.co/MW023XCVmz
— Adam Fleming (@adamfleming) January 27, 2020
Both the EU & UK say they will walk away from talks in June if there hasn’t been enough progress.
That’s 3 months to reach a deal that took 10 years to negotiate with Canada, said Dave Keating. “If you think there will be a Brexit FTA this year, he’s got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.”
So, both the EU & UK say they will walk away from FTA talks in June if there hasn't been enough progress.
That's 3 months to reach a deal that took 10 years to negotiate with Canada.
If you think there will be a #Brexit FTA this year, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) February 27, 2020
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On Sunday, Aalst, in Flanders, Belgium, held its annual carnival, once again with disgusting anti-semitic elements.
The anti-Semitic carnival in Aalst, Belgium, is underway. Complete with Ultra-Orthodox Jews as flies and a "Wailing Wall" to make fun of those criticizing the parade.
Cc @EmmanuelNahshon @BelgiumMFA @IsraelinBelgium pic.twitter.com/HntDQ9hQZ4
— Raphael Ahren (@RaphaelAhren) February 23, 2020
The parade had groups in the parade dressed as nazis, klu klux klan, and half-jewish-people-half-vermin, reported an appalled John Hyland.
well belgium (flanders) you've done it again
the Aalst carnival had groups in the parade dressed as nazis, kkk, half-jewish-people-half-vermin
absolutely fuck this pic.twitter.com/PkqdEOWChZ
— 🚲John Hyphen🌦️ (@JohnHyphen) February 24, 2020
The European Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, reiterated what I said last year: it’s clear to me: The Aalst carnival is a shame. It needs to stop, there is no place for this in Europe.
This is what I said last year (5.3.19) on behalf of the @EU_Commission. This year as Vice-President also in charge of fighting #Antisemitism, it’s clear to me: The #aalstcarnival is a shame. It needs to stop. No place for this in Europe. https://t.co/uBHEmLaWTg
— Margaritis Schinas (@MargSchinas) February 24, 2020
Locals in Aalst defend the crude anti-Semitic floats and costumes as ‘comedy’ and ‘satire’ – but what’s funny or satirical about it asked Stephen Brown.
Locals in Aalst defend the crude anti-Semitic carnival floats and costumes as 'comedy' and 'satire' – but what's funny or satirical about it? @POLITICOEurope's @EddyWax and @ltritsch1's report from a wet and windy parade #aalstcarnaval #antisemitism #Belgium https://t.co/cqRBGskNSB
— Stephen Brown (@Stephen_G_Brown) February 25, 2020
Answers on a postcard please!
And someone who isn’t amused by any sort of carnival is: Angela Merkel.
We're all Angela Merkel having to sit through a carnival celebration. https://t.co/nvQnc9X2V6
— Gregor Schwayer (@gremisch) February 25, 2020
Year on year she endures it stony faced, it’s almost a tradition!
— ZDF heute-show (@heuteshow) February 24, 2020
Holger Sandte reckons endless EU summits are nothing compared to 10 minutes of carnival!
For Merkel, endless EU summits are nothing compared to 10 minutes of carnival https://t.co/wB5uO4nnpS
— Holger Sandte (@HolgerSandte) February 26, 2020
And our favourite tweet this week? American EU Dude asking “Who wore it better?”
Who wore it better? pic.twitter.com/yERAmnVh4a
— American EU Dude (@AmericanEUDude) February 21, 2020
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