Welcome to Euractiv’s #EUtweets of the week.
Trump protesters take to the streets, Farage must explain his receipts and Commissioners mull MEP seats.
This episode is supported by Cosmetics Europe. Find out more about their event at the end.
On Monday the US President Donald Trump – no, I’ll never get comfortable saying it – arrived in the UK for a state visit.
The UK will roll out the red carpet for Trump as he arrives for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit.https://t.co/UhvzCZJVye
— EURACTIV (@EURACTIV) June 3, 2019
And as usual it seemed that Trump had difficulty distinguishing large numbers from small ones as he claimed there were “Tremendous crowds of well wishers”
As Chris MacKechnie pointed out: yeah, right!
“All those crowd barriers for nobody at all. Must remind him of his inauguration,” said Laura Wilson.
All those crowd barriers for…nobody at all. Must remind him of his inauguration. 😂
— Laura Wilson (@LAWilsonWrites) June 3, 2019
But never fear, he won’t feel lonely, because he’s brought his entire family of adult children and in-laws with him! And didn’t they look a picture.
A bit as though the Von Trapp kids grew up & sided with the Nazis tweeted Ben Wexler.
This looks like if the Von Trapp kids grew up & sided with the Nazis pic.twitter.com/hg7N8h2Nk9
— Ben Wexler (@mrbenwexler) June 4, 2019
Luckily the protests were much more impressive.
The Trump baby blimp took to the skies once more.
— Mirror Politics (@MirrorPolitics) June 4, 2019
Another highlight was a 16-foot robot Trump sitting on a golden toilet while tweeting.
American Don Lessem spent $25,000 of his own money to build it.
One of the centerpieces of the London protests. Trump on a golden commode, and it talks, says “fake news” and “witch hunt” pic.twitter.com/AFiGhbXVGA
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) June 4, 2019
And the wonderful Led By Donkeys guerilla campaigners supplemented their usual billboards by turning Madame Tussaud’s into a giant USS John McCain baseball cap.
Hey @realDonaldTrump, we read the story about the sailors on a US warship being ordered to hide from you because you’re triggered by the name on their hats. So we turned Madame Tussaud's into a giant USS John McCain baseball cap. Welcome to London! pic.twitter.com/KuynOwupFm
— Led By Donkeys (@ByDonkeys) June 3, 2019
But wait, there was a “huge” security issue as Larry the Downing St. cat sheltered under Donald Trump’s limo and refused to move, reported Bill Neely from NBCNews.
— Bill Neely (@BillNeelyNBC) June 4, 2019
But what do you expect him to do, sit out in the rain?! Asked everyone’s favourite feline.
What do you expect me to do, sit out in the rain? https://t.co/vkI9AWHtwy
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) June 4, 2019
After the UK, Mr Trump took his roadshow to Ireland where he, uh, suggested that the Republic of Ireland is in the UK and that they’re planning to build a wall along the border with Northern Ireland.
— Sophia McBride (@sophiacmcbride) June 5, 2019
Even Larry the cat despairs!
He’s only been there a couple of hours and has already suggested that the Republic of Ireland is in the UK and that they’re planning to build a wall along the border with Northern Ireland… pic.twitter.com/20nJ6TBU6z
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) June 5, 2019
Another world-class agitator in the spotlight, again, this week was Nigel Farage – but not for the reasons he might like.
After the European Parliament’s Advisory Committee on the Conduct of Members decided to summon him to Brussels to explain himself over 450k pounds of allegedly undeclared gifts from British businessman Arron Banks or face being banned from Parliament.
The European Parliament’s Advisory Committee on the Conduct of Members met to discuss @Nigel_Farage this lunchtime. Members not allowed to say what they discussed but I’m told it was very procedural and it sounds as if anything decisive is a way off.
— Adam Fleming (@adamfleming) June 4, 2019
As Jonathan Spink pointed out it is not the first time Farage has been in hot water over European Parliament expenses.
BREAKING: Nigel Farage has 24 hours to explain the alleged 450K Banks gift in Brussels or possibly be banned from the European Parliament. Not the first time he has been in hot water over European Parliament expenses though 👇https://t.co/TqFNWReFhh
— Jonathan Spink (@spink_jonathan) June 4, 2019
Farage was angry about what he called a “kangaroo court where I am given 24 hours notice about allegations picked up from press stories. I will not be attending at such short notice,” reported James Crisp.
Nigel Farage'“What is this but an EU kangaroo court where I am given 24 hours notice about allegations picked up from press stories. I will not be attending at such short notice.
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) June 4, 2019
According to Nick Gutteridge, he continued: “If they try to bar me from the building, who else gives voice to the thousands of people who voted for me? Is this democracy EU style?”
Farage brands EU Parliament disciplinary hearing over money & gifts he got from Arron Banks a ‘kangaroo court’ and says he won’t be turning up. ‘If they try to bar me from the building, who else gives voice to the thousands of people who voted for me? Is this democracy EU style?’
— Nick Gutteridge (@nick_gutteridge) June 4, 2019
Labour MEP Richard Corbett was skeptical: “Now, why did he want to keep this massive financial support from Banks a secret?” he mused.
#Farage faces further questioning for failing to declare pays-offs, as required under Parliament rules.
Now, why did he want to keep this massive financial support from Banks secret? https://t.co/tlMBrzl4I9
— Richard Corbett (@RCorbettMEP) June 5, 2019
Finally, staying with the European Parliament, Brussels very own Game of Thrones continues apace as seats are taken up … and in some cases turned down.
Bulgaria’s Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has declined her MEP seat, and will ‘take the risk’ of staying on as commissioner until November
— Georgi Gotev (@GeorgiGotev) June 3, 2019
Lilyana Pavlova will take her place in the Parliament
Mariya Gabriel Remains EU Commissioner, Lilyana Pavlova Gets her seat in the EP https://t.co/RrUEtPQErr
— EIN EU Politics (@EINEUPolitics) June 4, 2019
Four other Commissioners with the same choice are Estonia’s Andrus Ansip, Romania’s Corina Crețu, Latvian Valdis Dombrovskis and the flying Dutchman Frans Timmermans. As Alex Pigman reminded us, they can’t do both.
European commissioners who won MEP seats:@TimmermansEU @Ansip_EU @VDombrovskis @CorinaCretuEU @GabrielMariya
They must decide before July 2 whether they want to sit in parliament or finish terms in commission. Can't do both.
Reminder: @vestager didn't run.
— Alex Pigman (@AlexRPigman) May 29, 2019
Meanwhile Commission President Jean Claude Juncker urged member states NOT to send short-term replacements for any for the Commissioners who take up European Parliament seats, insisting there is not enough work for 28 Commissioners anyway.
Juncker urges member states not to name short-term replacements for the Commissioners that have been elected as MEPs, insisting there is not enough work for 28 Commissioners anyway. https://t.co/HcB4j0NpDJ
— US-Italy Forum (@USITA_forum) June 3, 2019
Meanwhile Ryan Heath reported there’ll likely be around 450 completely new MEPs in next Parliament. That’s a 60% turnover.
There'll likely be around 450 completely new MEPs in next EU Parliament (60% turnover) according to our first estimate. Dozen or so MEPs making a comeback after missing last Parliament, leaving only about 280 returning MEPs. Handful of seats are still in doubt. #euelectionresults
— Ryan Heath (@PoliticoRyan) June 4, 2019
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