Euro football final ends in affray, Fit for 55, will Ursula get her way? And the Commission’s cheery greeting is a total cliche.
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It’s the last Tweets of the Week for this season and also the last time I’ll bang on about football for a while as last Sunday was the final of the Euros.
But what a final! From a goal in the opening minutes to nail-biting extra time and all the way to penalties, no one could accuse it of being boring.
In the end England lost to Italy on penalties, which is a cruel way to go out.
Italian post had this response.
— Poste Italiane (@PosteNews) July 11, 2021
While Apollo Sports reminded us that “all roads lead to Rome”
The Azzurris go the distance to lift the 🏆.
Drop your MOTM in the comments. #GoTheDistance #ENGITA #ITAENG #Final #Italy #Champions #England #Wembley #Football #FootballLove #Sports pic.twitter.com/x4vYuqSSA3
— Apollo X Sports (@ApolloXSports) July 12, 2021
Others pointed out that despite losing the England team had acquitted themselves well.
Marcus Rashford might have missed a penalty – but he is a wonderful footballer and all round decent human – on and off the field, tweeted Irish politician Maurice Quinlivan.
— Maurice Quinlivan TD (@QuinlivanTD) July 11, 2021
Sadly the same cannot be for the England fans who went on a violent rampage following the match.
Some even tried to snatch the flag of the Bulgarian embassy in London, because it has the same colors as the Italian flag.
Angry football fans tried to snatch the flag of the Bulgarian embassy in London, because it has the same colors as the Italian flag pic.twitter.com/04Znu8MbEu
— Georgi Gotev & EURACTIV.bg (@GeorgiGotev) July 12, 2021
Yeah, well done lads.
Three of the players came in for horrible racist abuse online.
— Jelle 🇳🇱 | 🇫🇷🇨🇭❤ (@JelleESC) July 11, 2021
And UEFA have even opened an investigation.
But in Ana Milosevic’s village in Calabria, there are
4,500 Italians and one Englishman
Flags on balconies check
Sunday mass on loudspeakers check
Stadium horns & megaphones tested every hour check
But no one will go knocking on John’s door & no flags will be burned she said.
We love our neighbour.
No one will go knocking on John’s door & no flags will be burned.
We love our neighbour.
— Ana Milosevic (@europeanness) July 11, 2021
I think I speak for us all when I say… can we see a photo of John?
From controversy on the pitch to controversy inside the European Commission, as a squadron of Commissioners lined up to present Fit for 55!
Anna Gumbau helpfully shared #FitFor55 BINGO!
And after putting it under consultation and getting some brilliant suggestions, here's the updated #FitFor55 BINGO!
Keep it handy for today. You can even PLAY IT over here: https://t.co/ulw3qjzgnQ
I wanna hear y'all say BINGO! It's a long day, so best have at least some fun 😀 pic.twitter.com/PyZ5OHsIM4
— Anna Gumbau (@AnnaGumbau) July 14, 2021
“All legislative files are connected” is my personal favourite.
So how did it turn out?
Decision day: how will the EU's #Fitfor55 programme look like?
Like this? 🔽 Or like that? 🔽 pic.twitter.com/q7pP0Hkans
— Manuel Grebenjak (@ManuelGrebe) July 14, 2021
Le Chou joked that EU Commissioners Take So Long Discussing #Fitfor55 That Youthful Millennial Virginijus SinkevičiusHits His Late Fifties
— Le Chou (@LeChouNews) July 14, 2021
Sometimes satire is really too close to the truth.
Apparently around 1/3 commissioners expressed concerns. There’s a general feeling of frustration about how President von der Leyen handled one of the main initiatives of her mandate.
❗️.@JHahnEU voted vs #Fitfor55. Around 1/3 commissioners expressed concerns. There’s a general feeling of frustration about how @vonderleyen handled one of main initiatives of her mandate. Criticism is growing vs president. We got the inside story for u. https://t.co/EpavIXoIxm
— Jorge Valero (@europressos) July 14, 2021
Was this setup really necessary? Asked Valentina Pop. Ursula von der Leyen and six of her commissioners, it felt more like a Brussels’ got talent show than a news conference on an important set of policy proposals.
Was this setup really necessary? Ursula von der Leyen and six of her commissioners, it felt more like a Brussels' got talent show than a news conference on an important set of policy proposals. pic.twitter.com/KDDLd22GFD
— Valentina Pop (@valentinapop) July 14, 2021
But the rule remains said Leonor Hubaut, the more people on the podium, the less important the proposal… Not much announced.
To really understand, let’s read the actual documents
#Fitfor55 Full house for the presentation. But the rule remains : the more people on the podium, the less important the proposal… Not much announced.
To really understand, let's read the actual documents 👇https://t.co/dIug580uDf pic.twitter.com/eQxUOxpv8f
— Leonor Hubaut (@LeonorHubaut) July 14, 2021
To answer a question nobody’s asking:
Fit for 55 package is 3795 pages long added Paweł Wiejski
To answer a question nobody's asking:
Fit for 55 package is 3795 pages long. pic.twitter.com/cK3oeFWBam
— Paweł Wiejski (@PWiejski) July 14, 2021
And Greta Thunberg was seriously unconvinced: Unless the EU tear up their new #Fitfor55 package, the world will not stand a chance of staying below 1,5°C of global heating.
#MindTheGap between words and action.
So it’s official. Unless the EU tear up their new #Fitfor55 package, the world will not stand a chance of staying below 1,5°C of global heating. That’s not an opinion, once you include the full picture it’s a scientific fact.#MindTheGap between words and action.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) July 14, 2021
But I think we can all agree there are some goals worth aiming for!
— esthersnippe (@esther_snippe) July 15, 2021
You really cannot unsee that!
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Finally, this week, Wednesday was Bastille Day and the European Commission attempted to wish France Bonne fête nationale à tous!
Bonne fête nationale à tous ! 🇫🇷🇪🇺🎉
— Commission européenne 🇪🇺 (@UEFrance) July 14, 2021
But it somewhat backfired!
How to say you are looking for a graphic designer without saying that you are looking for a graphic designer, snarked one tweeter.
Dis que tu recherches un graphiste sans dire que tu recherches un graphiste https://t.co/LWgwtcclzH
— Flow for President (@Florimond_L) July 15, 2021
To be fair… look at the state of the photoshop on that!
Oh no, please. Not the Europe of clichés begged François Beaudonnet
Oh non, pitié. Pas l'Europe des clichés 😱 https://t.co/dob40cbT1P
— François Beaudonnet (@beaudonnet) July 14, 2021
Catherine C thought it an “interesting” choice of illustration, just missing the beret and Doisneau’s little cycling guy on his bicycle.
C'est intéressant comme choix d'illustration, manque juste le béret et le petit gars à vélo de Doisneau sur sa bicyclette. La France moderne quoi… https://t.co/zAu2L8r7wR
— Catherine C (@PH_AdvocateEU) July 14, 2021
Looks like DG Cliche is alive and well!
That’s it for this week and indeed for this season. We’ll be back in September casting another sidelong glance at the frights and delights of the Brussels Bubble.