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.
— Belfast Telegraph (@BelTel) November 23, 2017
Mike Dolan reported it as the “deadline of deadlines” for Brexit divorce talks.
"Deadline of deadlines" in Brexit divorce talks is end of this week – senior EU official https://t.co/mKviTpojGz
— Mike Dolan (@reutersMikeD) December 5, 2017
But a phone-call from coalition partner and DUP leader Arlene Foster in the middle of the lunch sabotaged her hopes of a deal.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 4, 2017
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.
What a mess. Varadkar says Juncker and Tusk contacted him to approve deal, then 'I am surprised and disappointed' that UK govt now not in position for deal
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) December 4, 2017
Andrew Duff described it as “the usual British government”… well you can read it yourself…
As well as the usual British government fuck-up. https://t.co/CIFYDDUrqH
— Andrew Duff (@AndrewDuffEU) December 4, 2017
Marcus Leroux said “the DUP are the new Walloons.”
The DUP are the new Walloons.
— Marcus Leroux (@marcusleroux) December 4, 2017
According to Labour MP Keir Starmer “the DUP tail is wagging the Tory dog. What an embarrassment.”
“The DUP tail is wagging the Tory dog… What an embarrassment … if the price of the PM’s approach is reopening of bitter NI divides, the price is too high”: @Keir_Starmer to Davis: pic.twitter.com/8xFYYap8yr
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) December 5, 2017
Berlaymonster saw it coming, pointing out that “Regulatory alignment” is an anagram of “Anger at my EU trolling”.
"Regulatory alignment" is an anagram of "Anger at my EU trolling".
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) December 5, 2017
And Jack Maidment says there’s a new Brexit term which appears to be gaining traction in Westminster – Brexit In Name Only or “Brexitino”.
There's a new Brexit term which appears to be gaining traction in Westminster: "Brexitino" – Brexit In Name Only. pic.twitter.com/CzVfTUUF4Y
— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) December 5, 2017
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.
Under-fire Tillerson flies US flag in sceptical Europe https://t.co/v1iQ49DHht
— EURACTIV (@EURACTIV) December 6, 2017
“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.
“The State Department is not missing a beat,” Secretary Tillerson says at US Embassy in Brussels, where there’s no US ambassador to EU or Belgium
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) December 5, 2017
Briefing at NATO, he said he feels allies are reassured by his acknowledgment that the US needs the alliance too.
— Teri Schultz (@terischultz) December 6, 2017
Stavros Papagianneas said the joint press conference descended into a thinly veiled exchange of rebukes.
— Stavros Papagianneas (@StPapagianneas) December 5, 2017
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.
Dead man walking? Rex Tillerson speaks to journalists after his meeting with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels.
Would love to know what inside info she was able to get from the (allegedly) disgruntled (allegedly) soon-to-be-former US secretary of state. pic.twitter.com/kM1sa7eCOr
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) December 5, 2017
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.
EU top diplomat @FedericaMog made rare appearance today during European Commission daily briefing to condemn Trump's move on Jerusalem. She says Trump's actions will possibly make for darker times than we're in. Her statement here: https://t.co/PYTqHL2wRo
— Kevin Ozebek (@KevinOzebek) December 7, 2017
On Tuesday EU Finance Ministers met to elect their next President.
— EPP (@EPP) December 4, 2017
Four candidates threw their hats in the ring.
— Germany in the EU (@GermanyintheEU) December 4, 2017
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.
Today’s vote of #Eurogroup chair is like going on first date with an old friend and it's not clear whether you will get the kiss or stay friends
— Peter Kažimír (@KazimirPeter) December 4, 2017
Sadly for him he did not get that kiss, as Jim Brunsden reported, Portugal’s Mario Centeno took the presidency!
— Jim Brunsden (@jimbrunsden) December 4, 2017
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.
— José Miguel Sardo (@jmsardo) December 4, 2017
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.
Impressive #RoadToBrussels hashtag map. Thousands of people travelling the last day to #Brussels to demonstrate tomorrow in support of the Republic of #Catalonia & its govt in prison/exile. #WakeUpEurope pic.twitter.com/h3ievnNJdO
— David d'Enterria *X (@denterd) December 6, 2017
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.
— Subsidiarity Man⚡🎄 Groyper (@SubsidiarityMan) December 7, 2017
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.