This week Davos bling continues to shock, fingers are pointed at Elmar Brok, and 10 years meme makes us all take stock. This episode is supported by FleishmanHillard.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. So many Davos sessions, so little time.
— Igor Schatz (@Copernicus2013) January 18, 2019
Lots of the big hitters, however, weren’t there this year. No Trump, no Macron, no Theresa May. I guess she has other things to do.
But Stephen Kelly reported that 1500 private jets flew in. That’s up 50% on last year. How does this help climate change, he asked. Saying that the political elite are out of touch.
1500 private jets fly in #Davos2019-up 50% on last year. How does this help climate change? Agenda Globalization 4.0-4th industrial revolution. Political elite far removed from global 10%+ living in poverty. Out of touch #WEF2019 https://t.co/BEKOxAP4Jc https://t.co/KmsYzMxZ4A
— Stephen Kelly (@SKellyCEO) January 21, 2019
Yeah, quite a lot of people noticed that Stephen.
— Teacher Dude (@teacherdude) January 24, 2019
Darren McCaffrey’s favourite quote was from J.P. Morgan CEO, Jamie Dimon. Davos is where billionaires go to tell millionaires how the middle class feels.
LOVE 👊🏻this quote from J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon on Davos:
"Davos is where billionaires tell millionaires how the middle class feels."#Davos2019
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) January 21, 2019
New Brazilian president Bolsonaro was there, but cancelled his press conference at the last minute. Bruno Marcorio says it’s the first time that’s happened at the World Economic Forum.
— Bruno Marcorio, MPH (@brunomarcorio) January 23, 2019
Vanessa Fuhrmans shared this, the most Davos pic ever.
— Vanessa Fuhrmans (@vjfuhrmans) January 23, 2019
And Navid Hedayati described the attendees as a “motley crew of crooks, plutocrats, and swindlers” but corrected that to add psychopathic war criminal to the list when he discovered Tony Blair was there.
I would like to correct an earlier tweet I made regarding #Davos2019. I described the attendees as a “motley crew of crooks, plutocrats, and swindlers”. When I made that comment I didn’t know that Tony Blair was there too, so I like to add psychopathic war criminal to that list. https://t.co/dVz8O3awka
— Navid Hedayati (@NavidHedayati) January 23, 2019
Speaking of swindling. You couldn’t pay AmericanEUDude to visit the European Parliament. But it turns out you could pay Elmar Brok.
You couldn't pay me to visit the European Parliament. But it turns out you could pay Elmar Brok.https://t.co/ZG03PFvO1A
— American EU Dude (@AmericanEUDude) January 22, 2019
The Veteran MEP is accused of charging constituents €150 to visit him at the Parliament while also receiving a subsidy for the visits in an article by Ryan Heath.
Veteran MEP Elmar Brok charged €150 to accept visitors to Parliament (who already received a subsidy for the visit) according to documents obtained by POLITICO https://t.co/CUtoKVRIHL
— Ryan Heath (@PoliticoRyan) January 21, 2019
Brok is apparently asking tax advisers to check whether he was indeed double dipping, reported Jack Parrock. Couldn’t he check himself?
Double dipping Elmar Brok is asking tax advisers to check whether he was indeed double dipping? Couldnt he just ask himself?
— Jack Parrock (@jackeparrock) January 24, 2019
Who needs Russian bots, when you have Elmar Brok undermining trust in institutions asked a Twitter user from Berlin.
— kiezspatz (@kiezspatz) January 24, 2019
While James Crisp predicted Brokxit.
Martini Seltzermayr reckons this Christmas every child will be demanding the “Tickle Me Elmar” toy.
This Christmas every child will be demanding the “Tickle Me Elmar”, scratch his tummy and he bills you €150
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) January 22, 2019
Step in satire account General Boles.
I would do a better version but you chaps have been very mean to us about Brexit pic.twitter.com/Wk0n3FMvLa
— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) January 22, 2019
You really can’t unsee that.
And finally, it was supposed to be a jolly wheeze, slash way for Facebook to train its facial recognition AI. But on Twitter the 10 year challenge became an opportunity for people to comment on the state of the planet.
From coral reefs.
— ReReef (@ReReef1) January 17, 2019
To the rainforests.
— Koushik Das🇮🇳 (@koushikdas47) January 17, 2019
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 17, 2019
To the middle east.
Of course here in Brussels, the European Commission comms team never met a bandwagon they didn’t want to jump on. And reminded us all who we need to thank for lower phone charges.
#10YearChallenge ? ⌛
10 years ago you were paying 6 €/MB.
10 years later you can #RoamLikeHome
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) January 19, 2019
And the single currency.
2009 ➡️ 2019 💶
16 countries ➡️ 19 countries 🗺️
329 million citizens ➡️ 340 million citizens 👩👨👧👦
— EU Economy & Finance (@ecfin) January 17, 2019
My personal favourite is Bruxelles’ very own Palais de Justice. 10 years, so little change.
— Brandon Locke (@brandonjlocke) January 17, 2019
This week we are supported by FleishmanHillard who are launching their new ‘Hemicycle Views’ video series featuring MEPs who share their point of view.
We're launching today our 'Hemicycle Views' video series featuring MEPs who share their point of view on the current role of @Europarl_EN and what they expect from the future: https://t.co/Lq9ngr3ME1 #FHYearofChange pic.twitter.com/rm1FZ0I9FB
— FleishmanHillardEU (@fleishmanEU) January 18, 2019
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