Welcome to Tweets of the Week. Brexit talks are looking drab, MEPs love a kebab, and EU diversity needs big rehab.
This week beleaguered British PM Theresa May is back in Brussels for the EU summit just hours after an embarrassing parliamentary defeat at home.
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) December 14, 2017
However former MEP Andrew Duff, doubts it will make much difference to her credibility. “The EU have always known that (1) she is weak; (2) anyone else would be worse; and (3) emasculated Westminster will support the Article 50 treaty in the end.”
Actually, I don't think it will make much difference to her credibility. The EU have always known that (1) the PM is weak; (2) anyone else would be worse; and (3) the Westminster parliament, emasculated after the referendum, will support the Article 50 treaty in the end. https://t.co/NRZ11qcZIG
— Andrew Duff (@AndrewDuffEU) December 13, 2017
And after her chief negotiator David Davis claimed the Phase One deal was not binding, Ed Morrish said Theresa May has quietly gone to the front desk with the credit card while he argues with the waiters about why he shouldn’t pay for the starters.
Theresa May has quietly gone to the front desk with the credit card while David Davis argues with the waiters about why he shouldn’t pay for the starters.
— Ed Morrish (@edmorrish) December 8, 2017
European Parliament’s lead Brexit mouthpiece, Guy Verhofstadt said the UK government must restore trust after Davis’ unacceptable remarks. EP amendments will now insist the agreement translated into legal text ASAP.
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) December 12, 2017
Tom Phillips claimed: “They’ve literally added an amendment to the agreement telling David Davis to shut up”
They’ve literally added an amendment to the agreement telling David Davis to shut up https://t.co/V7ctExmlmq
— Tom Phillips (@flashboy) December 12, 2017
Tim Ross added that Verhofstadt was putting the “troll” into “control”.
Putting the “troll” into “control” https://t.co/9iGfAfhOwO
— Tim Ross (@TimRoss_1) December 13, 2017
Finally, as the whole three-ring circus rumbles on, European Council President Tusk warns EU unity will be tested like never before in the second phase of Brexit talks.
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) December 14, 2017
Moving on to more important matters – kebabs!
This week the European Parliament considered whether to ban phosphate additives in kebabs… and, predictably, Twitter and the Tabloids went into meltdown.
“Hands off the kebab!” said MEP Renate Sommer adding that the EPP Group is doing everything in its power to avoid a European Kebab ban.
"Hands off the kebab! The EPP Group is doing everything in its power to avoid a European Kebab ban." Renate Sommer MEP pic.twitter.com/YCsgfC05Gl
— EPP Group (@EPPGroup) December 13, 2017
Shhrab Ahmari joked “The EU deserves to be broken apart just for this”
The EU deserves to be broken apart just for this. https://t.co/BPBi42prJ8
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) December 14, 2017
Well, we think he’s joking.
So does the EU really want to ban kebabs? Not at all said BEUC, it just wants phosphate-free kebabs.
— The Consumer Voice (@beuc) December 7, 2017
Some journalists got entirely carried away with the story’s un potential – looking at you Harry Cooper.
A friend just texted me this: "Just seen you got the kebabs beat. I pitta you. Shish, the kofte heights of journalism. How did Gianni Pitta-la vote?"
— Harry Cooper (@politicoharry) December 13, 2017
Shish! The state of EU journalism
In the end MEPs voted not to ban the controversial ingredient after all
The EU has voted not to ban a key ingredient in doner kebabs after all https://t.co/3SIuVTHONd
— The Independent (@Independent) December 14, 2017
The Mail hailed it as a “Victory for Kebabs”
Victory for kebabs as EU bid to outlaw 'harmless' additives used to preserve the meat is foiled https://t.co/vV1g6uE5iX
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) December 13, 2017
While the Telegraph reported that “British kebabs survive socialist plot and narrowly avoid EU death sentence.”
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 13, 2017
Finally, it’s a Strasbourg week for MEPs. As well as debating Brexit and tasty late-night takeaway food, the European Parliament’s final plenary day of the year focussed on human and social rights at home and around the world.
MEPs said that EU countries must step up in the fight against sexual abuse of children.
— Hilde Vautmans (@hildevautmans) December 14, 2017
Anna Maria Corazza Bildt thanked members for their overwhelming support for her report.
Thanks for overwhelming support for my report. With this vote we send a strong message to all Member States that it's time to move from words to action to stop child sexual abuse & protect children #childprotection #barnssäkerhetförst @EPPGroup @EP_Sverige @Childmanifesto https://t.co/ub0AVAY4FK
— Anna Maria Corazza B (@AnnaMariaCB) December 14, 2017
MEPs also called for release of Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hoa, the reinstatement of Cambodian opposition lawmakers, & decriminalisation of miscarriage and abortion in El Salvador.
Press release: MEPs in #EPlenary call for release of Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hoa, reinstatement of Cambodian opposition lawmakers, & decriminalisation of miscarriage and abortion in El Salvador > https://t.co/xBdJQAgqg6 pic.twitter.com/QWHDRpe2Gs
— DROI Committee Press (@EP_HumanRights) December 14, 2017
The Parliament also urged Myanmar to stop persecuting Rohingya.
— EP PressService (@EuroParlPress) December 14, 2017
Closer to home, some tackled the issue of diversity in EU institutions.
“I understand the Christian roots of Europe, but Manfred Weber shouldn’t confuse Europe with Christendom. It’s clear from the lack of diversity that there is a long way to go” said Syed Kamall
I understand the Christian roots of Europe, but @ManfredWeber shouldn't confuse Europe with Christendom. It's clear from the lack of diversity in the EU institutions that there is a long way to go to make those who aren't standard white Christians feel comfortable in Europe.
— Syed Kamall (@SyedKamall) December 13, 2017
And the S&D group said there should be no more hanging around, it was time to deliver on a pillar of Social Rights
#SocialRights "The time for delivery has come! Let's work to ensure all European workers can count on transparent, decent labour contracts & get full access to social protection. These are the key pieces to build a welfare system of the 21st century" – @MJRodriguesEU pic.twitter.com/m1UehsFszX
— S&D Group (@TheProgressives) December 13, 2017
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