Welcome to Euractiv’s EU Tweets of the Week.
Not expelling Fidez leaves some members cryin’, tackling climate change, well the Hulk is sure tryin’, and EUCancerPlan is launched by President von der Leyen.
This episode is sponsored by ePURE, the voice of the European renewable ethanol industry. Find out more about them at the end.
On Monday, the Viktor Orban-EPP saga rumbled on.
MEP Siegfried Muresan reported that the political group decided to prolong the suspension of Orban’s Fidesz from EPP.
Adding that the future relationship depends fully on developments in Hungary.
— Siegfried Muresan (@SMuresan) February 3, 2020
Aura Salla was more forthright: she said Fidesz is in breach of EPP values and principles and her Finnish Kokoomus party wanted to exclude them.
The EPP Political Assembly Now: @kokoomus Finland wanted to exclude #Fidesz from the @EPP. Fidesz is in breach of #EPP values & principles. The majority in the Party wants to keep Fidesz’s membership suspend. Special congress on the issue will be held first half of the next year. pic.twitter.com/AmoVwqFqYO
— Aura Salla (@AuraSalla) February 3, 2020
But as Eszter Zalan reported, the EPP kicked possible expulsion further down line. While party President Donald Tusk pledged: “As long as I am the president of the #EPP, and as long as the situation is as it is now in Budapest, there is no return for Fidesz to EPP.”
EPP kicks possible #Fidesz expulsion further down line with Tusk pledging: "As long as I am the president of the #EPP, and as long as the situation is as it is now in Budapest, there is no return for Fidesz to EPP" https://t.co/hT4V2iklS4
— Eszter Zalan (@eszterz) February 4, 2020
Is he trying to say “over my dead body!”?
But Maria Udrescu was skeptical: “Look at the EPP acting all like it made a bold decision to defend European values… Nice try guys!”
— Maria Udrescu (@UdrescuMaria) February 3, 2020
As Gerardo Fortuna summed up: Not compromise, of course. Just eternal postponement.
Not compromise, of course. Just eternal postponement. https://t.co/FOHICT5xDS
— Gerardo Fortuna (@gerardofortuna) February 3, 2020
Spoof account Martini Seltzermayr quipped that “offering Orbán cash to respect liberal democracy seems like a decent way to finally cut the EU budget.”
tbh offering Orbán cash to respect liberal democracy seems like a decent way to finally cut the EU budget
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) February 4, 2020
What will Orban refuse to concede under any circumstances? Honour, apparently.
Setting the bar high for success at this month’s EU budget summit, joked Mehreen Kahn.
Hungary's Viktor Orban sets the bar high for success at this month's EU budget summit pic.twitter.com/e8IKK8V0uy
— Mehreen (@MehreenKhn) February 4, 2020
A more welcome guest at the European Parliament this week was cinema star Mark Ruffalo
Mark ‘the Hulk’ Ruffalo is in the European Parliament today and he is angry … about chemical pollution reported James Crisp.
Mark 'the Hulk' Ruffalo is in the European Parliament today and he is angry … about chemical pollution.
PFAS is highly toxic & used in goods such as waterproof clothing, non-stick kitchenware and even dental floss pic.twitter.com/OdOt9e61ee
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) February 5, 2020
Jim Brunsden went further and said :This is what Mark Ruffalo thinks of toxic water pollutants (Hulk Meme2)
This is what Mark Ruffalo thinks of toxic water pollutants pic.twitter.com/DBsybPHmn8
— Jim Brunsden (@jimbrunsden) February 5, 2020
The world needs Europe to lead on climate tweeted the celebrity, urging members of the European Parliament, to please vote next week against fossil fuels and fracked gas infrastructure projects.
The world needs Europe to lead on #climate! Members of the European Parliament, please vote next week against #PCIlist w/ fracked gas infrastructure projects. #EuropeanGreenDeal should only support renewable & energy efficiency projects!@IratxeGarper @ManfredWeber @CiolosDacian pic.twitter.com/4vUrYtuy3F
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 5, 2020
He also made the point that importing US fracked gas would be tantamount to exporting the environmental costs of this gas to communities in America said Khaled Diab.
Mark Ruffalo urges the European Parliament to vote against importing US fracked gas.
He makes the valid point that this would be tantamount to exporting the environmental costs of this gas to communities in America.
Looking forward to hearing Mark speak about Dark Waters today https://t.co/UapzhOV3mf
— Khaled Diab (@DiabolicalIdea) February 5, 2020
The actor was also in town to promote his new film Dark Waters. But it seems he had a nice time.
What an incredible and inspiring day. So many smart and rational people. Thank you tweeted Ruffalo.
It was also great to meet with @EP_President, David Sassoli! While there are challenges ahead, we agreed on the need for a transition to a green economy that leaves no one behind.
What an incredible and inspiring day. So many smart and rational people. Thank you!
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 5, 2020
“This has got to be my favourite thing I’ve seen in Parliament,” tweeted Sophie Millar on Tuesday. No, not the heartthrob actor, but the Irish cancer survivors’ Sea of Change choir.
This has got to be my favourite thing I've seen in Parliament since being here. Sea change choir from Ireland, follow by speech from Irish MEP McGuiness. 🇮🇪🇪🇺 Marking the release of public consultation for #EUCancerPlan #WorldCancerDay pic.twitter.com/loUof9Qlh0
— Sophie Millar (@millar_sophie) February 4, 2020
The singers were in Brussels to mark the launch of the consultation of the European Commission’s EUCancerPlan
The Sea of Change choir came to surprise the launch of the #EUCancerPlan all the way from Ireland! Amazing women, amazing survivors 💪🇪🇺🇮🇪@EU_Commission @vonderleyen @SKyriakidesEU pic.twitter.com/hHCSrVO2cA
— Frances Fitzgerald MEP (@FitzgeraldFrncs) February 4, 2020
Several cancer survivors including Health Commissioner Stella Kyrikiadies spoke movingly about their experiences.
Today is not just about sharing our personal experiences with cancer. Today is about turning the personal into the political. Today is about developing the actions that will change the realities for so many cancer patients across #EU & beyond. #WorldCancerDay #EUCancerPlan pic.twitter.com/We35Nu1792
— Stella Kyriakides (@SKyriakidesEU) February 4, 2020
Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said “for me, and for so many, cancer is personal.”
For me, and for so many of you, cancer is personal. We all have our personal stories of struggle, pain and resilience. None of our stories are extraordinary. #WorldCancerDay #EUCancerPlan pic.twitter.com/QLYQx1TNqO
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 4, 2020
Receiving a standing ovation.
— Stefan Gijssels (@StefanGijssels) February 4, 2020
She didn’t get quite the same response for her “We had a very good continental breakfast,” with British EU staff quip.
„We had a very good continental breakfast”, says Ursula von der Leyen coming back from a breakfast with British EU staff… pic.twitter.com/SO9LMET3Rj
— Stefan Leifert (@StefanLeifert) February 3, 2020
Florian Eder declared it the “President’s first official joke” 👇
President’s first official joke 👇 https://t.co/7Qiln4AsgO
— Florian Eder (@florianeder) February 3, 2020
While journalist Oliver Grimm wondered, how many staff members were involved in crafting this gem of a dad joke.
I wonder how many staff members were involved in crafting this gem of a dad joke. https://t.co/GR4db5LfJY
— Oliver Grimm (@grimmse) February 3, 2020
This week we are sponsored by ePure, to find out more on how ethanol can help drive the #EUGreenDeal by following them online.
With 2020 targets looming, many EU countries are switching to #E10 petrol blend
The 'E' is for #ethanol, a renewable fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from today's cars and infrastructure
— ePURE (@ePURE_ethanol) February 4, 2020
And that’s it for this week! Join us again next week for more #EUtweets!