Welcome to Euractiv’s EU Tweets of the Year!
January 2020 seems eons ago
Carefree and naive, what the year had in store we still didn’t know
To be honest we were laughing at Bonging For Brexit
britain is a weird divorced dad who takes his hobbies way too seriously https://t.co/gscNl7wuPU
— henry cooke (@henrycooke) January 14, 2020
And then focused on royals as Meaghan then legs it.
— シ Ed Gex (@EdDJGex) January 9, 2020
For a while we were obsessed with an overnight train,
— Eszter Zalan (@eszterz) January 20, 2020
Before a Macron outburst put Iraeli relations under strain.
Emmanuel Macron has been filmed shouting at Israeli security guards and telling them to "go out" during his visit to a church in Jerusalem, where it is considered a provocation by France if Israeli police enter the premises.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 23, 2020
In February Ireland held a general election
— Prork (@Prork) February 8, 2020
And eyes slowly started to swivel in China’s direction.
ECDC EU said COVID risk low, things are swell,
While the @ECDC_EU deems the risk of #coronavirus to citizens as “low”, EU health ministers are holding a special meeting to coordinate a European response. MEPs want them to be ambitious. @Esther_de_Lange @Miriamdalli @euronews @rosiewright99 pic.twitter.com/4A0rmKiGpB
— Jack Parrock (@jackeparrock) February 13, 2020
Yeah, that position hasn’t aged well.
Greta Thunberg slammed the Parliament like a Spanish inquisitor
“This climate law is surrender – because nature doesn’t bargain and you cannot make ”deals” with physics.
And we will not allow you to surrender on our future.”
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 4, 2020
But the first signs of doom appeared with a far less welcome visitor.
— Gerardo Fortuna (@gerardofortuna) March 4, 2020
MEPs starting casting votes at a distance
— Dr. Hannah Neumann (@HNeumannMEP) March 26, 2020
And everyone was offering handwashing assistance
Stay safe & healthy! pic.twitter.com/7dNQWwzMul
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) March 22, 2020
At the time we were glib and probably far too arch,
But do remember that was still just March!
By April we were bored and making our own art
— charissa afshar (@CharissaAfshar) April 2, 2020
Little did we know that was still just the start!
Karlsruhe court said the ECB can’t just write a blank cheque
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) May 6, 2020
But they’d reckoned without the supreme power of Star Trek
🚀 First the Commission launched its Data Strategy, now it’s Next Generation EU?
There’s a Trek head in the Berlaymont Collective pic.twitter.com/Lmjlgwtprd
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) May 26, 2020
— Jim Brunsden (@jimbrunsden) May 26, 2020
The row over Orban’s laws in Hungary stepped up a gear
Other MEPs call for EU to block recovery funds to Hungary unless #Orban reinstitutes democracy.
Several criticize @EPP, Commission and Council for standing idle.
— Shona Murray (@ShonaMurray_) May 14, 2020
But we’re only up to June – not even half a year!
Incredibly, it was news to some that BlackLivesMatter!
Graffiti art on the side of a train in Belgium reads 'Please, I can't breathe' in memory of George Floyd pic.twitter.com/s9ASQ4hXyL
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 29, 2020
But across the continent statues started to shatter
The first to fall.
This is all that remains of a statue of King Leopold II in Ekeren, Belgium.
— Teri Schultz (@terischultz) June 9, 2020
The race was on for a Eurogroup chief
Now it is official. Eurogroup chief steps down… The race for a key position is about to begin.
Whoever replaces Centeno will have to lead the Eurozone members through the worst recession in history. https://t.co/akdLA2ewON
— Beatriz Ríos (@BeaRios_) June 9, 2020
While MEP Ming Flanagan kept things “brief”
Luke Ming Flanagan has had an absolute mare here.
Joined the EU Ag Committee zoom meeting in his jocks after coming back from a run and presumably thinking the camera cut him off at the waist. 🤦♂️
Look at Norbert Lins face.
— Mícheál Ó Scannáíl (@moscannail) June 2, 2020
Germany took up the presidency in July
Brexit Transition Period expired – it really does mean goodbye.
The option has now expired for the United Kingdom to extend the Brexit transition period
The transition period will now end, by automatic operation of law, on 31 December 2020
There are currently no alternative arrangements in place
— davidallengreen (@davidallengreen) June 30, 2020
August events are usually none,
But then Phil Hogan scored a hole in one
EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan resigns after going to golf dinner with 80 people that broke Ireland's Covid lockdown rules https://t.co/miNYd5Jsol
— Chips (@Frying_Machine) August 27, 2020
Beirut explosion left the world in mourning
Shocked and saddened, we stand with all those affected and will provide help.
Will meet with President Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Berri and President of Council of Ministers Diab. pic.twitter.com/bKdULdPSNE
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) August 7, 2020
After Navalny poisoning Merkel issued a warning
German Gov confirmed that Russian opposition figure was poisoned with nerve agent. He is in German hospital pic.twitter.com/77xQ31RmqJ
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) September 2, 2020
Many lined up to be Hogan’s successor
Delighted to accept the candidacies of Mairead McGuiness and Andrew Soontobeforgotten O’Strawman
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) September 4, 2020
While Internal market bill proved a key Brexit stressor!
🚨 Brandon Lewis confirms the Government will break international law on EU Withdrawal Deal:
"Yes, this does break international law in a very specific and limited way". pic.twitter.com/6B8pU5M2cH
— Adam Schwarz (@AdamJSchwarz) September 8, 2020
In Moria, refugee camps were on fire
„It is the night that #Moria is burning to the ground,” says one friend. “I am standing in the flames and yet I cannot believe, what is happening in front of me.”
This video is filmed by him and sent just now. pic.twitter.com/qTEScei7SJ
— Franziska Grillmeier (@f_grillmeier) September 8, 2020
So the stakes in the migration pact just got higher
So to sum up on #migration pact: Relocation is dead. Long live Allocation. Still obligations on member states to step in and take or return people. Which despite the clever tweaks, is likely to remain a problem.
— laurence norman (@laurnorman) September 23, 2020
We’re in September now.
The First State of the Union was delivered by VDL
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) September 15, 2020
But the Council was canceled because of Covid, things weren’t going well
— Mehreen (@MehreenKhn) September 22, 2020
A Brexit border in Kent provided an outlet for mirth
It would appear that Boris Johnson has finally been able to measure up to his hero Winston Churchill by <checks notes> drawing an illogical border across a land that didn't want it #Kent #Kentxit #kentborder pic.twitter.com/pXUazwNss5
— Joe Blair 🏴🇵🇱🏴🇺🇸 (@JoeZBlair) September 24, 2020
Something sorely needed in what felt like the worst year on Earth.
By October Hungary wants Commissioner Jourova to resign
@VeraJourova has to resign! No democratic institution should tolerate a leader who uses such insults as she did in her Spiegel interview. Defining Hungary as a sick democracy humiliates Hungarian people, contradicts European values and brings shame upon the @EU_Commission!
— Judit Varga (@JuditVarga_EU) September 28, 2020
And Ursula von der Leyen goes into quaran-tine
I’ve been informed that I participated in a meeting last Tuesday attended by a person who yesterday tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with regulations in force, I’m therefore self-isolating until tomorrow morning. I’ve tested negative on Thursday & am tested again today
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) October 5, 2020
Sorry, it was a busy month 😉
European Council struck a new Green deal
— Quentin Genard (@QuentinGenard) October 15, 2020
And Belgium got a government – are things starting to heal?
— Dr Erin Green (@eringreenster) September 30, 2020
No. There was a big row over whether burgers could be veggie
As the EU Parliament prepare on vote on whether veggie burgers 🍔 can still be called burgers or must be rebranded ‘veggie discs’ and veggie sausages as ‘veggie tubes’ etc
NOTE: The veggie burger was apparently first used in London, nearly 40 years ago by Gregory Sams
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) October 20, 2020
And in Polish news, women’s rights protests got edgy
*cough*Poland*cough* 👀 https://t.co/iCFT6frhk4
— Carmen Prieto López (@interpretaesto) October 28, 2020
It was hottest November ever globally recorded
Parts of the Arctic averaged up to +14 °C above normal for the entire month of November.
Preliminary data suggesting we witnessed the hottest November globally on record.
2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record.
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) December 1, 2020
Maybe that’s why József Szájer’s party ended up getting so sordid
1/ Why does it matter that Viktor Orbán’s close friend and ally, MEP József Szájer was caught having an orgy with 20+ men? Very simple. While he was enjoying himself in LGBT-friendly Brussels, he made life for LGBT people in Hungary miserable by rewriting the constitution. THREAD pic.twitter.com/uvMrD5WnwS
— Szabolcs Panyi (@panyiszabolcs) December 1, 2020
In December Ursula and Boris had dinner
In one photo, Britain and Europe. pic.twitter.com/B1lffKZoal
— James Barisic 🇭🇷 🇫🇷 🇪🇺 (@jamesmb) December 9, 2020
But the results weren’t promising, with Brexit there’s really no winner.
Vaccine good news means we’ve a bit less to fear,
Meet Maggie: the first person in the world to receive a fully-tested and approved Covid-19 vaccine on the NHS. pic.twitter.com/eb2ijTMSLW
— NHS England and NHS Improvement (@NHSEngland) December 8, 2020
But I’m worried 2021 might be a bit “hold my beer!”
Still we wish you a festive break full of good cheer,
And don’t worry EU Tweets of the Week will be back early next year!
Have a good one.