Today, Tweets of the Week looks at world leaders’ Twiplomacy, the Paris Agreement, The EU China Summit and a dash of covfefe.
Once again Donald Trump set Twitter on fire. Welcome to the covfefe kerfuffle.
— Austin Burklund (@AB1132) May 31, 2017
But how to pronounce it? That’s what I wanted to know. So thanks for the input.
— Jennifer Baker (@BrusselsGeek) May 31, 2017
Some people also suggested its meaning. When you want to type coverage but your hands are too small to hit all the letters on your keyboard.
Kristina Wong hoped it might be a translation of “I resign.”
— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) May 31, 2017
Tony Posnanski said Angela Merkel has a PhD and Donald Trump has a covfefe.
Angela Merkel has a PhD
Donald Trump has a Covfefe
This basically explains where we are in the world today.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 31, 2017
But our favourite is this thread featuring Covfefe the Strong and the Wizard Covfefe.
— denise (@ddeenniissee59) May 31, 2017
Speaking of Merkel, her comments in a Bavarian beer hall also caused ructions.
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, says Europe can no longer rely on on allies like Britain and the United States. pic.twitter.com/wqPgnq7S34
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) May 29, 2017
She said that the Brexit talks will be about strengthening Europe and that Europe and Germany can’t rely on Trump’s erratic America.
Chancellor Merkel absolutely right to say Europe and Germany can't rely on Trump's erratic America. We are leaving a vacuum of leadership
— Anthony Gardner (@tonylgardner) May 31, 2017
One of the reasons she may also be annoyed is Trump’s reported plan to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) May 31, 2017
Trump announces that the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
— Florian Wagner (@_fl01) June 1, 2017
Trump is delusional if he thinks the rest of the world will create a "new deal" just for America. The world will go ahead without the US
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) June 1, 2017
— Miguel Arias Cañete (@MAC_europa) June 1, 2017
It takes a night like this to realise why Europe matters in today's world. Tonight more than ever before. #ParisAgreement
— Margaritis Schinas (@MargSchinas) June 1, 2017
No American president has ever done so much in such little time to unite the world. #parisagreement
it's true. It's amazing.
— Tomas Wyns (@TomasWyns) June 1, 2017
— Alice Stollmeyer (@StollmeyerEU) June 1, 2017
— Greens in the EP (@GreensEP) June 1, 2017
— Lotte Leicht (@LotteLeicht1) June 1, 2017
— European Commission (@EU_Commission) June 1, 2017
— Florian Eder (@florianeder) June 1, 2017
— Rossoglou Kostas (@kostasrossoglou) June 1, 2017
Trump: "MAKE AMERICA SMALL AGAIN!" https://t.co/skO1QzSlhQ
— Guy Verhofstadt (@GuyVerhofstadt) June 1, 2017
— Pietro DE MATTEIS (@PietroDeMatteis) June 1, 2017
We know the science, we know the effects and most importantly we know the cause. Trump is vandalising the planet for his own short-term gain
— Seb Dance MEP (@SebDance) May 31, 2017
— Sandro Benz (@sandro_benz) June 1, 2017
— The Climate Group (@ClimateGroup) June 1, 2017
Leaving #ParisAgreement = a massive step backwards. We must combat climate change globally w/ eco-innovation.EU is ready & leading the fight
— EPP (@EPP) June 1, 2017
— Tom Moylan (@moylato) June 1, 2017
— BMUB (@bmub) June 1, 2017
But Merkel once again had an ace up her sleeve. David Wright reported Angela Merkel telling Chinese Premier Li Keqiang: “I think it is a joyous fact that China sticks to the Paris Climate Accord.”
Angela Merkel w/ Chinese Premier Li Keqiang: “I think it is a joyous fact that China sticks to the Paris Climate Accord."
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) June 1, 2017
Li Keqiang’s visit to Europe comes to mark the EU-China Summit in Brussels setting the hashtag trending in Belgium.
So how do World leaders use Twitter? Check out the latest Twiplomacy study.
— Twiplomacy ? (@Twiplomacy) May 31, 2017
Ken Roth gave us the league table of the most followed world leaders.
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) May 31, 2017
Aurelie Valtat, meanwhile, quoted The Next Web saying that 49% of @realDonaldTrump followers are fake.
— Aurelie Valtat (@avaltat) May 31, 2017
This week’s whistlestop tour of the EU Twitterati was supported by Huawei. Check out their tweets and follow them at @HauweiEU.
— Huawei EU (@HuaweiEU) June 1, 2017
Join us again next week for more of the same and if you want to meet the team behind Tweets of the Week join us next Thursday at the #EUTweetUp.