Welcome to Euractiv’s Tweets of the Week
Sibiu earns international fame, Jean Claude Juncker takes some of the blame and the Royal baby is given a name.
This week we are supported by Plastics Europe, more about them at the end.
This week we marked Europe Day and Commission Spokesperson Mina Andreeva couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate it than in Sibiu.
Couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate 🇪🇺 #EuropeDay: in #Sibiu today after @JunckerEU in his #SOTEU 2017 called for #EURoad2Sibiu for a more united, stronger & more democratic Union. Europe is the best place to live in: good reasons to hope,no reasons to fear the fEUture! pic.twitter.com/ugDimPtXqw
— Mina Andreeva (@Mina_Andreeva) May 9, 2019
Lucky her, because it seems like half of Brussels has decamped to the Romanian city for the duration.
The European leaders will discuss the EU agenda for next 5 years and plan for upcoming EU leadership change.
Martini Seltzermayr took umbrage at the Road to Sibiu hashtag saying.. It’s not the road to Sibiu if you’re already in Sibiu.
It’s 👏 not 👏 the 👏 road 👏 to 👏 Sibiu 👏 if 👏 you’re 👏 already 👏 in 👏 Sibiu
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) May 8, 2019
Sam Morgan was also on hand with the details that really matter: The driver of his Bucharest-Sibiu shuttle bus is a big Beautiful South fan
Driver of my Bucharest-Sibiu shuttle bus is a big Beautiful South fan
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) May 8, 2019
Looks like you better get used to it Sam… with traffic like that:
— Jurek Kuczkiewicz (@jujikucz) May 8, 2019
Told you everyone was there!
Euronews’ Darren McCaffrey pointed out that for the first time in ages Brexit was NOT on the agenda. Just the EU 27 minus Theresa May.
Sibiu bound for informal meeting of EU #27 minus @Theresa_May
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) May 8, 2019
But when asked by Adam Fleming, Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said he was “missing her!”
— Adam Fleming (@adamfleming) May 9, 2019
Elsewhere this week, Juncker came to the Berlaymont press room and issued a mea culpa saying he wished he hadn’t listened to former Britism PM David Cameron when he asked Europe to stay out of the Brexit referendum.
He also took credit for “saving Greece.”
Alex Pigman was not impressed.
“This Juncker presser is actually a swan song by a lame duck commissioner,” he tweeted.
This Juncker presser is actually a swan song by a lame duck commissioner. Claims big achievement was saving Greece (from the clutches of Wolfgang Schauble and the like). Francois Hollande also saw Greece as his top accomplishment in his exit speech.
— Alex Pigman (@AlexRPigman) May 7, 2019
But in one of his more quotable lines Juncker joked: “Nobody understands England but everybody understands English.”
Juncker’s next linguistic bon mot as he switches language again during presser: “Everyone understands English. None understands England – but everyone understands English’
— Daniel Boffey (@DanielBoffey) May 7, 2019
Prompting even American EU Dude to say, “Let’s be honest, we’re all gonna miss the dude.”
— American EU Dude (@AmericanEUDude) May 7, 2019
None more so than @EURACTIV’s veteran reporter GeorgiGotev, to whom the President sang happy birthday during the midday briefing.
— Samuel Stolton (@SamuelStolton) May 7, 2019
Finally this week the UK has managed to deliver something… yes, it’s Royal baby time!
And amid rumours that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry planned to choose an unusual name for the baby that unifies the US and UK
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) May 5, 2019
Twitter went nuts!
Don-Claude suggested Jennifer Rankin
Baby McBabyface was also a hot favourite.
— 🎨 (@Lagniappism) May 6, 2019
It would be nice if Harry and Meghan could call the baby Brexit said Alastair Campbell. “Then we can say we have delivered Brexit, get on with the rest of our lives and get back to being a serious country again.”
Be nice if Harry and Meghan could call the baby Brexit. Then we can say we have delivered Brexit, get on with the rest of our lives and get back to being a serious country again
— Alastair PEOPLE’S VOTE Campbell (@campbellclaret) May 6, 2019
But in the end they plumped for Archie…
The Duke and Duchess announced the baby's name – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – on Instagram, along with a picture of the new family alongside the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Meghan's mother Doria Ragland #ArchieHarrison #ArchieBabySussexhttps://t.co/5ezeyJjIW7 pic.twitter.com/hHRLvHmp0J
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 8, 2019
Of course baby Archie is already dominating the headlines: BBC website top stories running order: 1 royal baby 2 royal baby 3 royal baby 4 royal baby 5 royal baby 6 royal baby 7 humans “threaten 1 million species with extinction”…
BBC website today running order: 1 royal baby 2 royal baby 3 royal baby 4 royal baby 5 royal baby 6 royal baby 7 humans “threaten 1 million species with extinction”…
— alex thomson (@alextomo) May 6, 2019
Not a good look.
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