Welcome to EURACTIV’s EU Tweets of the Week.
Boris Johnson has chairs to fill, Emmanuel Macron had steak to grill, and Dutch police get impromptu alarm drill.
This week in the UK, the Tory general election campaign got off to a bumpy start as Sky News host Kay Burley interviewed an empty chair after Tory party chairman James Cleverly was a no-show.
“And yet we have an empty chair”
Pretty devastating rundown of Tory blunders by @KayBurley while party chairman James Cleverly is 15ft away and refusing to come on air
— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) November 6, 2019
Chuck Thomas quipped: “Breaking news: the empty chair on Sky News has just defected to the Lib Dems.”
Breaking News: the empty chair on Sky News has just defected to the Lib Dems. pic.twitter.com/X80zKrGXOD
— Chuck Thomas (@chuckthomasuk) November 6, 2019
But this isn’t the only seat that Boris Johnson needs to fill.
In Brussels, EU Commission President-elect Ursula Von der Leyen said Britain must propose a candidate for a Commissioner, ideally a woman.
— Pablo Pérez (@PabloPerezA) November 6, 2019
The FT’s Mehreen Khan was sceptical that Boris Johnson of all people, would rescue her attempt at getting a gender-balanced Commission.
Not saying @vonderleyen is getting desperate but she seems to be relying on Boris Johnson to save her attempts at getting a gender-balanced commission
— Mehreen (@MehreenKhn) November 6, 2019
Step forward as Julie King suggested Simon Taylor.
Step forward Juliana/Julie King. What say you @JKingEU?
— Simon Taylor (@simontaylor71) November 6, 2019
But the current Commissioner Julian King said: “There are limits…”
There are limits….
— Julian King (@JKingEU) November 6, 2019
Guillaume suggested Lord Buckethead: “A ridiculous commissioner for a ridiculous situation.”
@youngvulgarian Lord Buckethead, a ridiculous commissioner for a ridiculous situation
— Guillaume (@guillaumeQD) November 6, 2019
And Martini Seltzermayr mused that one John Bercow would sail through his hearing.
Not sure who needs to hear this but Commissioner John Bercow would sail through his hearing #justsayin
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) November 6, 2019
UK aside, the list of other new Commissioners was finally completed, with MEP Adina Valean was nominated as the Romanian candidate.
Romanian #EPP MEP @AdinaValean nominated for @Transport_EU by @vonderleyen. Chair of @ITRE committee, former @ENVI chair, Rapporteur for #CEF and a woman. Hearing at the #EP on 14 Nov. @inea_eu https://t.co/0ma1IOAY3m
— C Cieczko #FBPE 🇪🇺 (@CatCieczko) November 7, 2019
Turning now to foodie news!
French President Emmanuel Macron treated Chinese President Xi to French wine and steak at a trade fair in Shanghai on Tuesday. Macron is in China with a business delegation to seek fewer export restrictions for French poultry and beef.
▶️French President Macron treated Chinese President Xi to French wine and steak at a trade fair in Shanghai on Tuesday. Macron is in China with a business delegation to seek fewer export restrictions for French poultry and beef on his three-day state visit. (REUTERS) pic.twitter.com/Km6JwCsy9k
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) November 5, 2019
Meanwhile the EU and China concluded a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European geographical indications in China and 100 Chinese geographical indications in the EU.
Today the EU 🇪🇺 and China 🇨🇳 concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical indications (GIs) in China & 100 Chinese GIs in the EU against imitations & usurpation 🎊🎉
— EU Agriculture🌱 (@EUAgri) November 6, 2019
Including Manchego, Bourgogne, Gorgonzola, Cava, Champagne, Feta, Irish whiskey…
The EU & China concluded the negotiations to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (like Cava, Champagne, Feta, Irish whiskey, Münchener Bier) in China & 100 Chinese GIs in the EU.
A win for both parties & for agriculture /food sectors#EUquality https://t.co/qBLC2OoN9B
— Isabelle Raynaud (@isabelleraynau1) November 7, 2019
And as MEP and Stirling general election candidate, Alyn Smith, reported, Scottish Whisky and Salmon. But he warned the good news could be trashed by a Tory Brexit.
Good news! EU🇪🇺-China🇨🇳 protection for Whisky and Scottish Salmon, huge news for two vital industries and a template to build upon. And could be trashed by the Tories and their brexit. https://t.co/w0sSSUuJoe
— Alyn Smith MEP 🏴🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@AlynSmith) November 6, 2019
At this point, is there anything Brexit won’t trash!?
But back to wine, for some reason 12 bottles of Bordeaux were blasted into orbit this week.
I really don’t need to know any more about this story, but thanks James Crisp for tipping us off about – cue outdated Star Trek reference – “Deep Space Wine.”
Deep Space wine: 12 bottles of Bordeaux blast off into orbit. https://t.co/fPz0MkM4Pf
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) November 6, 2019
Finally on Wednesday a major lockdown of Schiphol airport occurred after a plane on the tarmac signalled a hijacking attempt. Armed police evacuated its passengers and crew, and cleared the airport before it emerged that the whole thing was a false alarm.
A pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking/hostage taking alarm in a plane's cockpit, causing a major security lockdown on Wednesday at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, one of Europe's busiest. pic.twitter.com/HzieLkt1FH
— ANews (@anewscomtr) November 7, 2019
In Air Europa’s own words, “nothing has happened.”
#AirEuropaInfo False Alarm. In the flight Amsterdam – Madrid, this afternoon was activated, by mistake, a warning that triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport. Nothing has happened, all passengers are safe and sound waiting to fly soon. We deeply apologize.
— Air Europa (@AirEuropa) November 6, 2019
Rob Christie said: “At least we know the button works.”
‘At least we know the button works’: Dutch Twitter responds with memes after false hijacking alarm at Schiphol airport — RT World News https://t.co/7M2b3y99PM
— Rob Christie (@RobertZakchloe) November 7, 2019
As excited tweeters tried to imagine the scenario:
— marieke bulthuis (@mariekebulthuis) November 6, 2019
— K82 (@kpwlin) November 6, 2019
— Gordon Darroch (@GordonDarroch) November 6, 2019
And that’s it for this week. Join me again next Friday for more narrow escapes, tight scrapes and great japes in the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere.