Tweets of the Week: Juncker’s outburst, EP single seat debate, and the EU Japan trade deal

Welcome to Tweets of the Week. This time, at the Parliament Juncker’s hysterical, the single seat debate is just terrible, and that Japan-EU trade deal looks bearable.

Dominating the EU Twitter bubble was, of course, Juncker’s outburst at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

“Ridiculous. Very ridiculous!” he railed when just 30 MEPs showed up to hear him and the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, wrap up Malta’s presidency.

But “They were all watching it on the livestream, honest!”, said Brian Maguire.

Others said perhaps MEPs had better things to do than discuss an outgoing presidency and Juncker himself would skip it if he could.

Naturally, MEPs and Parliament President Antonio Tajani hit back. Guy Verhofstadt quoted Oscar Wilde, saying, “Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.”

And Berlaymonster depicted it thus.

But the timing for an empty chamber could have been better as the single seat debate reared its ugly head again.

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt said, “Strasbourg is and should remain a European capital. But we don’t want a symbol of peace to become a symbol of waste.”

Elodie Lamer said MEPs were going on the “offensive” in favor of a single seat.

But the French won’t give up without a fight.

Despite the huge cost of the monthly travelling circus.

Also this week: The EU-Japan Summit delivered… the awkward three-way handshake.

But not nearly as awkward as Cecilia Malmström painting dolls with the Japanese foreign minister.

Before announcing a political agreement on the trade deal had been reached.

And then tweeting more pictures of dolls.

However some people were less than thrilled about the deal. Oisin Sheehy shared a petition calling for people to stop JEFTA.

But really what it is about those creepy dolls?

And finally, this week Europe said farewell and paid tribute to two of its greats: Helmut Kohl and Simone Veil were honoured.

This week we are supported by FoodDrink Europe. You can find out more about how Europe’s food and drink industry is about much #MoreThanFood by following them at @FoodDrinkEU.

Join me again next week for more shake ups, shake downs, shaky rhymes and awkward handshakes. And follow us using the hashtag #EUtweets.

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