Tweets of the Week: Brexit, Tillerson, Centeno, and Catalonia

This week it’s Brexit deal scuppered by the coalition, Tillerson in Brussels on a mission, new Eurogroup president in position, and Catalonia wants recognition.

The week started with Theresa May arriving in Brussels for a lunch with Juncker on Monday, and a plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.

Mike Dolan reported it as the “deadline of deadlines” for Brexit divorce talks. 

But a phone-call from coalition partner and DUP leader Arlene Foster in the middle of the lunch sabotaged her hopes of a deal.

Danny Kemp said “What a mess.” Irish premier Leo Varadkar said Juncker and Tusk contacted him to approve the plan, adding “I am surprised and disappointed” that the UK government is no longer in position to make a deal. 

Andrew Duff described it as “the usual British government”…  well you can read it yourself…

Marcus Leroux said “the DUP are the new Walloons.”

According to Labour MP Keir Starmer “the DUP tail is wagging the Tory dog. What an embarrassment.”

Berlaymonster saw it coming, pointing out that “Regulatory alignment” is an anagram of “Anger at my EU trolling”.

And Jack Maidment says there’s a new Brexit term which appears to be gaining traction in Westminster – Brexit In Name Only or “Brexitino”. 

I can’t decide whether that sounds like a dance or a drink.

Another visitor to the Brussels Bubble this week was “under-fire” US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, here to fly the US flag in sceptical Europe. 

“The State Department is not missing a beat,” he claimed at the US Embassy in Brussels… where there’s no US ambassador to EU or to Belgium.

Briefing at NATO, he said he feels allies are reassured by his acknowledgment that the US needs the alliance too. 

Stavros Papagianneas‏ said the joint press conference descended into a thinly veiled exchange of rebukes. 

Dave Keating wants to know what inside info she was able to get from the allegedly disgruntled allegedly soon-to-be-former US secretary of state. 

And there was more responding to be done later on in the week regarding America with EU High Rep Mogherini condemning Trump’s plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem – as Kevin Ozebek reported.

On Tuesday EU Finance Ministers met to elect their next President. 

Four candidates threw their hats in the ring. 

One – Slovakia’s Finance Minister Peter Kažimír, described it like going on first date with an old friend and it’s not clear whether you will get the kiss or stay friends.

Sadly for him he did not get that kiss, as Jim Brunsden reported, Portugal’s Mario Centeno took the presidency! 

But not before Jeroen Dijsselbloem accidently let slip the name of his successor to José Miguel Sardo. “Did I say Mario Centeno. Please don’t quote me,” he added. ‏ 

Sorry Jeroen, it doesn’t really work like that! 😉

Finally this week, we watched Catalan protesters travel from Barcelona to Brussels on a snazzy little heatmap following their journey whenever they used the hashtag #RoadToBrussels.

Tens of thousands of Catalans descended on Brussels but it didn’t go unnoticed that there were plenty of flags from other separatist movements including the Flemish the Basques and the Corsicans.

Take all the support you can I suppose 🙂

That’s it for this week. Join Jen again next week for more of the same and send in your suggestions using the hashtag #EUtweets.

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