Tweets of the Week: Vaccine Worries, Dutch Elections, St. Patrick’s Day

Problems with vaccines just won’t go away, D66 is here to slay and it was tricky to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Another week, another vaccine saga!

Germany, France and Italy joined a dozen other countries in pausing their rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, over possible side-effects, throwing Europe’s already struggling vaccination campaign into disarray.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the suspension would last for 24 hours until the European Medicines Agency issued new guidance.

Martini Seltzermayr thought it was reminiscent of The Monty Python cheese shop sketch but with Macron saying why you can’t have the vaccine.

Jonas Veys shared this picture highlighting “Brave little Belgium.”

DG Meme is not sure they’re ready to live in a world where Belgium makes the least surreal statement!

And Gerado Fortuna broke down the World Health Organisation’s Executive summary: get back to your posts and take the jabs, slackers!

On Wednesday, Paul Dallison advised us to pour a nice big glass of milk and settle in for the night, for the Dutch Elections 

Rem Korteweg flagged up the big milestones:

Rutte to be longest-serving PM in recent Dutch history.

D66 best result in party history.

17 parties in Dutch parliament which is a Dutch record.

Not 1, not 2, but 3 eurosceptic-populists get seats.

First time a pan-European party gets seats.

This is the first time since 1998 a government does not lose its majority, added Europe Elects.

Welcome to the first rule of Dutch politics: Rutte always wins, said Alexander Clarkson.

Holy moly! Exit poll suggests liberal D66 to become easily the second largest party in the Netherlands tweeted Pepijn Bergsen.

Naturally, they were pretty pleased!

Noah Sorenson can’t speak a word of Netherlandish but doesn’t need to.

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With the pubs closed it may have slipped by unnoticed, but Wednesday was St Patrick’s Day.

In Brussels, Ireland’s Perm Rep  had to hold a virtual reception to mark the occasion.

Méabh Mc Mahon was certainly saddened. There is usually a big bash at the beautiful Bozar.

But for the first time ever the European Court of Justice handed down a judgment as Gaelige.

Lewis Crofts was so moved by the beautiful tongue, that he wants all judgments in Irish?

Pretty dry legal subject matter, I think you’ll agree. But no language should be excluded from the joys of obscure ECJ case work added Sam Morgan.

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