Tweets of the Week: Merkel vs. Seehofer, EU Parliament Plenary and the Copyright vote

This week, proper migration solution still a pipe-dream, angry interpreters let off some steam, and the Parliament copyright vote saves the meme… for now.

Last week the Council finally made some progress on the migration issue.

Donald Tusk said it was essential for the EU to “get its act together.”

However, Vassili Golod said the plan, reached at 4:35am, still falls short of an overall agreement to revise the EU’s asylum rules.

Over dinner the leaders’ discussion descended into moments of farce reported Mehreen Khan. Conte said he’s a lawyer and “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.” Sweden’s PM retorted he was once a welder and “this makes no sense.” So Bulgaria’s premiere chips in: “I’m a firefighter.”

Frankly guys, none of this makes much sense.

What was clear is that the instability in Merkel’s coalition continues, as her rebellious Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of Bavaria’s CSU party offered his resignation.

In light of such news, what’s a good journalist to do? Pun!

James Crisp suggested: Horsted by his own petard.

CSU later.


I am here all week. He ain’t.

Well he is, since somehow Merkel managed to hold the coalition together.

As ever, if you want to take on Merkel, you better be damned good. She’ll find a way to outwit you.

Tonight Merkel looks reasonable, safe, and supreme.

The CSU looks shabby, disorganised and disreputable.

Not a good look before elections in Bavaria, said Jon Worth.

This week was also a plenary week, and what a week!

Mehreen Khan said Sebastian Kurz in Strasbourg looks a little nervy as he starts his first internship at the European Parliament.

Maybe he knew what was coming… as MEPs sided with interpreters in their strike over working conditions.

Isabelle Thomas said this morning we blocked the European Parliament’s technical authority and shut down the microphones.

Fellow MEP José Bové also stood in solidarity with the interpreters occupying the interpretation booths and delaying the session.

Tim King thought occupying the interpreters’ booths doesn’t have quite the same ring as setting fire to a McDonald’s, but José Bové has to make trouble where he can…

But Juncker had had his Shredded Wheat and layed into Parliament chief Tajani over interpreter strike reported Danny Kemp. “This is not normal. Full stop.” It would never have happened if Merkel or Macron were there.

Cédric Simon stressed this is not a photomontage!

Berlaymonster has a feeling this will come in useful:

And lo, a meme is born:

And frankly, we can thank our lucky stars we’re still allowed memes after the parliament voted to have a second look at the Copyright overhaul.

Marietje Schaake said it was a chance to negotiate a more broadly supported compromise.

Julia Reda thought it was a great success: Your protests have worked! The European Parliament has sent the copyright law back to the drawing board. Now let’s keep up the pressure to make sure we Save Your Internet!

Nessa Childers was also pleased… for the time being.

There will be another vote on upload filters and the link tax in September.

The vote came after heavy lobbying on both sides.

>Spanish and Italian Wikipedia held blackouts to protest the proposed law.

While Paul McCartney, whose band started out playing cover songs that would have been blocked by upload filters, now wants them to protect his own songs. Ryan Merkley said the past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it.

Martini Seltzermayr suggested a compromise: distracted boyfriend, anime butterfly and doge memes banned, all others can stay.

Join me again next week for more fights, plights and long nights in the Brussels bubble twittersphere.

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