One year since elections has left us all scarred, a trip during lockdown hits Cummings rep hard, and Ursula von der Leyen channels Jean-Luc Picard.
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This week marked 12 months since the European Parliament elections. I know, hard to believe.
On the anniversary, Beatriz Ríos reminded us: Brexit, the Iran-US tensions, a new migration crisis at the Greek border, a pandemic, a recession… It’s only been one year!
Brexit, the Iran-US tensions, a new migration crisis at the Greek border, a pandemic, a recession… It's been only one year since the EU elections.
— Beatriz Ríos (@BeaRios_) May 26, 2020
But what a year, said Jorge Aguado
And… what a year 😅
— Jorge Aguado (en casa 🏡) (@Georgeaguado) May 26, 2020
Many including the European Greens posted their #throwback pics
#Throwback to exactly one year ago, when the 2019 European elections ended with a historic result for the Greens, growing the @GreensEFA group from 50 seats to 74 seats in the European Parliament!#GreenWave#EUelections2019 https://t.co/J7kEiNjbIA
— European Greens (@europeangreens) May 26, 2020
While Alisha Lewis said it feels really weird that there are no British MEPs anymore.
On the anniversary of our last European Parliament elections, it feels really weird to think that we don't have MEPs anymore. We went from having this incredible lineup of unbelievably talented politicians (Brexit Party notwithstanding) fighting for our rights and now 🤷♀️
— Alisha Lewis (@Alishacmlewis) May 23, 2020
BCW Brussels asked what had been the most relevant issue impacting the #EuropeanParliament?
Brexit, COVID-19, or the Green Deal
This week marks the 1 year anniversary of the #European elections.
What has been the most relevant issue impacting the #EuropeanParliament?
— BCW Brussels (@BCWBrussels) May 27, 2020
At last count, the pandemic was out in front.
But MEP assistant cut to the chase: Let’s be honest, the one achievement they are secretly the most proud of is being able to find their own office.
MEPs are celebrating their one year achievements since the EU elections.
Let's be honest, the one achievement they are secretly the most proud of is being able to find their own office and sort of navigate the EP on their own. pic.twitter.com/AYYe3Ouyod
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) May 26, 2020
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In the UK the media was agog at the Cummings and goings of Boris Johnson’s chief aide.
After it emerged that Dominic Cummings had broken the very lockdown rules he helped to create.
This story isn’t going away any time soon, said the Daily Mail’s Pippa Crerar.
EXCLUSIVE: Dominic Cummings reported to Durham Police over breaking lockdown rules.
This story isn't going away any time soon. https://t.co/l9PVXn1Srb
— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) May 24, 2020
It’s been a fumbling 2 months of crisis response, but it took Dom Cummings’ 260-mile dash to Durham to turn the UK public against Boris Johnson, pointed out Matina Stevis.
It's been a fumbling 2 months of crisis response, but it took Dom Cummings' 260-mile dash to Durham to turn the UK public against Boris Johnson. @MarkLandler and @_StephenCastle report https://t.co/55cu665R3e
— Matina Stevis-Gridneff (@MatinaStevis) May 27, 2020
One of the more, ahem, eye-opening excuses offered by Cummings for a trip to Barnard Castle tourist spot was that he “wanted to check his eyesight.”
Short test drive to noted local beauty spot Barnard Castle to check eyesight. pic.twitter.com/zIRJwqNSmF
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) May 25, 2020
And naturally Twitter reacted like this
— Me In Alba 🏴🇪🇺 (@JustMeInAlba) May 25, 2020
“Can you see Barnard Castle better with Lens 1 or Lens 2?” pic.twitter.com/uZlg5cv1Sh
— Jeff Pedley (@Jeff_Pedley) May 26, 2020
Even Brewdog created a special brew to mark the occasion.
The people have spoken. So, we decided to actually do it.
Our limited edition beer is available now for pre-sale; https://t.co/vurIyUKkHq
All proceeds will go to funding our production of free sanitiser for the NHS & Health care charities. pic.twitter.com/DvY83GNy5a
— BrewDog (@BrewDog) May 27, 2020
Donald Tusk, ever the wag, quipped: “This is apparently Cummings and his Brexit friends’ rule: they leave when they should stay.”
This is apparently Cummings and his Brexit friends’ rule: that they leave when they should stay.
— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) May 26, 2020
But much respect to Dutch PM Mark Rutte for abiding by the rules, even though it meant he couldn’t visit his dying mother in her final weeks.
— anna holligan 🎙 (@annaholligan) May 26, 2020
Finally on Wednesday, Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen set out her plan for Europe’s future hashtagged #NextGenerationEU
— Ursula von der Leyen #UnitedAgainstCoronavirus (@vonderleyen) May 27, 2020
So, you name a policy after a sci-fi classic, what do you think is going to happen??
Sam Morgan reckons there’s a Trek head in the Berlaymont Collective!
🚀 First the Commission launched its Data Strategy, now it’s Next Generation EU?
There’s a Trek head in the Berlaymont Collective pic.twitter.com/Lmjlgwtprd
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) May 26, 2020
Miguel Carrión expects the plan “To boldly go where no Eurocrat has gone before.”
— Miguel Carrión (@Europeripheral) May 28, 2020
The FT’s Jim Brunsden says “Make it so.
— Jim Brunsden (@jimbrunsden) May 26, 2020
Although as Holger Hestermeyer pointed out the FT’s main pic was not the next generation.
Except, @ftbrussel, this is not the next generation. Please make sure to hire a nerd. pic.twitter.com/poykDetP4j
— Holger Hestermeyer (@hhesterm) May 27, 2020
Please make sure to hire a nerd. The Commission is much more Picard than Kirk!
But back to the detail. Alexander Stubb tweeted: “I think this is a good, ambitious package…and yes, I like the name too.”
— Alexander Stubb (@alexstubb) May 27, 2020
Spoof account Martini Seltzermayr reported the EU recovery fund as worth 567 bajillion marillion vermillion euros
Delighted to confirm that the EU recovery fund will be worth 567 bajillion marillion vermillion euros
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) May 27, 2020
It’s 750 billion – which DG Meme thought should make everybody happy.
— DG MEME 🇪🇺 (@meme_ec) May 27, 2020
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