The Commission spokes service does not do snark, vaccine row followed predictable arc, and MEPs were left in the dark
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“We never sulk. We don’t have moods. We are an Institution”
“We try to work on a day to day basis with a very, very even temper.”
Will these be famous last words from the European Commission Chief spokesperson?
"We never sulk. We don't have moods. We are an Institution"
— Pablo Pérez (@PabloPerezA) March 8, 2021
MEP Assistant reckoned it was Martin Selmayr’s unsung legacy: turning the Commission civil servants into brutally efficient EU crusaders, who never sulk and don’t have moods.
They Are The Institution.
Martin Selmayr's unsung legacy: turning the Commission civil servants into brutally efficient EU crusaders, who never sulk and don't have moods.
They are the Institution. pic.twitter.com/u839DhXnFw
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) March 8, 2021
Berlaymonster channeled his inner Spock
While Oliver Grimm wants it on a t-shirt, please.
WE NEVER SULK WE HAVE NO MOODS WE ARE AN INSTITUTION
(Can I have this on a t-shirt, please?)
— Oliver Grimm (@grimmse) March 8, 2021
And Beatriz Rios says she can relate with the Commission having to clarify they are not sulking or in a mood every time they speak up, especially during International Women’s Day.
I definitely can relate with the Commission having to clarify they are not sulking or in a mood every time they speak up, especially during International Women's Day.
— Beatriz Ríos (@BeaRios_) March 8, 2021
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It’s 2021, so OBVIOUSLY it’s another week and another vaccine row.
Entirely normal, tweeted Sam Morgan sarcastically.
Vaccine twitter having an entirely normal one, I see
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) March 10, 2021
As Council President Charles Michel accused the UK of having an outright ban on vaccine exports.
The UK hit back that the UK government had not blocked the export of a single COVID-19 vaccine.
New row brewing in Brussels @EUCoPresident accuses UK of having an outright ban on vaccine exports
UK hits back: “The UK government has not blocked the export of a single COVID-19 vaccine. Any references to a UK export ban or any restrictions on vaccines are completely false”
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) March 9, 2021
Michel replied that he was glad if the UK reaction leads to more transparency & increased exports, to EU and third countries, but added there different ways of imposing restrictions without outright bans.
No one is safe until everyone is safe he recited.
Glad if the UK reaction leads to more transparency & increased exports, to EU and third countries.
Different ways of imposing bans or restrictions on vaccines/medicines.
EU is providing vaccines for its citizens and rest of the world.
No one is safe until everyone is safe.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) March 9, 2021
Bruno Waterfield found his response a bit weasely and it raise more questions than it answered.
A bit of weaselling out here from his initial claim of "an outright ban on the export of vaccines or vaccine components"
More questions raised than answered https://t.co/tnaL0K8kiA
— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) March 9, 2021
Nick Gutteridge also noticed that the language had changed from bans to restrictions which is not actually the same thing.
Can't help noticing the 'outright ban on the export of vaccines' featured in the original claim has now become 'bans or restrictions on vaccines/medicines'. Which is not actually the same thing. https://t.co/4M8MWHz4Qe
— Nick Gutteridge (@nickgutteridge) March 9, 2021
Then Matina Stevis delivered the New York Times’ report that the EU had exported 25 million vaccine doses including 8 million to the UK. While the UK and the US, through different mechanisms, are keeping their locally produced doses at home.
We have more exclusive reporting coming on EU vaccine exports & how the UK and the US, through different mechanisms, are keeping their locally produced doses at home.
More to come… Read the first part of our scoop here:https://t.co/gSZVeYZ3Qv
— Matina Stevis-Gridneff (@MatinaStevis) March 10, 2021
Martin Sandbu was stunned by the numbers the UK administered 11m doses in February. In the same month the EU sent 8m to the UK, about 3/4 of all jabs! And in total the EU exported more doses than it administered.
The more you look at the numbers reported by @MatinaStevis the more stunning they look. According to @OurWorldInData the UK administered 11m doses in February. In same month EU sent 8m to the UK, about 3/4 of all jabs! And in total the EU exported more doses than it administered. https://t.co/hieaqDiOmJ
— Martin Sandbu (@MESandbu) March 10, 2021
Yeah, this argument is not going away any time soon!
Ever had the feeling you’re being kept in the dark?
MEPs certainly did this week as all meetings suspended at the European Parliament on Tuesday evening after the electricity cut out leaving emergency lights only.
Barry Andrews was looking forward to all the gags.
All meetings suspended at the European Parliament as electricity cuts out. Emergency lights only. Looking forward to the gags about this pic.twitter.com/CyVlPFGrOU
— Barry Andrews MEP (@BarryAndrewsMEP) March 9, 2021
And naturally Twitter did not disappoint.
Anyone got 50 cents for the meter? Asked TVlive.
And they say the European Parliament has too much power, joked Chris MacManus.
— Chris MacManus MEP (@MacManusChris) March 9, 2021
Niklas Nienass thought the new energy saving measure is quite drastic.
— Niklas Nienaß (@nnienass) March 9, 2021
But others saw a deeper meaning: The powercut was during a debate on Georgia. Maybe caused by cold weather.
But Diarmuid Hayes knows foreign interference he sees it!
Power cut during in the European Parliament during a debate on Georgia. Maybe caused by cold weather, says the chair, but those of us in the know recognise foreign interference when we see it. 😏 pic.twitter.com/6OWY0CcPEx
— diarmuid (@diarmuidhayes) March 10, 2021
Hannah Neumann thought maybe the French were trying to force them back to Strasbourg
— Dr. Hannah Neumann (@HNeumannMEP) March 9, 2021
Did you really have to make it about the Single seat!?
Join me again next week for more dudes and moods in the Brussels bubble twittersphere.