Happy New Year and welcome back to Tweets of the Week! This week Bulgarian Presidency wants to show its muscle, Theresa May has a cabinet reshuffle, and Barnier in hamper kerfuffle.
Bulgaria took over the EU presidency on the first of January and this week the logo was unveiled on the sides of EU institutions.
— EU Council (@EUCouncil) January 10, 2018
And European Commissioners jetted off on a school trip to meet the new Presidency.
— Jyrki Katainen (@jyrkikatainen) January 11, 2018
Jani Järäinen said the country has a lot to deliver during the next six months with many vital pieces of legislation in trilogue.
@EU2018BG has a lot to deliver during the next six months with many vital pieces of legislation in trilog negotiations #ETIAS #CEAS #SIS and #SBC and #Interoperability in the pipeline. https://t.co/qOmc1YkhTP
— Jani Järäinen (@JJarainen) January 11, 2018
And of course Bulgarian politicians and officials will have to challenge stereotypes about Bulgaria and learn to strike coalitions in the EU. https://twitter.com/ecfr/status/950798828051009536
That may not have got off to a great start as the promotional “You can’t help falling in love with her at first sight!” video has raised a few eyebrows!
You can't help falling in love with her at first sight!
This is the official video presenting #Bulgaria during #EU2018BG! Follow the steps of the couple portrayed by young actors @LorinaKamburova and @Boyko_K_K and discover the beauty of the country! https://t.co/GRT97QXUv7
— EU2018BG (@EU2018BG) January 5, 2018
Ian Wishart said that saying a “no might mean a yes” was quite something!
This promotional video for Bulgaria's presidency of the EU is quite something.
"When you first meet her, you might get the wrong message. Remember, here a `no' might mean 'yes'." https://t.co/UIK7yo9AEv pic.twitter.com/GIOMlUY0fj
— Ian Wishart (@IanWishart) January 9, 2018
And many described the clip as “tone deaf”. Karima Delli said that after the #metoo campaign, no never means yes!
Contrairement à ce que prétend ce clip officiel du Conseil de l' #UE dont la #Bulgarie prend la présidence ce mois-ci : un "non" ne veut jamais dire "oui"! (22'). Règle de base du #consentement et du respect des #femmes.
Je demande son retrait #metoohttps://t.co/dqffay4XYL pic.twitter.com/9QsqgimPfE
— Karima Delli (@KarimaDelli) January 10, 2018
Costanza de Toma, however, added that it certainly does make you want to visit!
Welcome to the Bulgarian presidency of the EU. Certainly makes you want to visit! https://t.co/7DAR6b7NQo
— Costanza de Toma #FBPE (@cos_detoma) January 8, 2018
Across the channel British PM Theresa May held a much anticipated cabinet reshuffle.
Nicholas Whithorn said there was no point in a reshuffle when every card in the pack is a Joker. https://twitter.com/NickWhithorn/status/949935368455049217
Social media was aswash with speculation that she might appoint a ‘Cabinet minister for no deal Brexit’ https://twitter.com/telegraphprem/status/950119420231172096
Leading Berlaymonster to comment that Jeremy Hunt will be minister for No Hospitals, and Philip Hammond Chancellor of No Money. https://twitter.com/Berlaymonster/status/950300200341471232
But in the end it was just more of the same. Despite aims to make the government look ‘more like the country it serves’, George Aylett pointed out that the new cabinet is 96% white, 74% male, 60% went to Oxbridge and the average age is 50. https://twitter.com/GeorgeAylett/status/950829903305478144
And finally, who on Earth told MEP Stephen Woolfe that it would be a good idea to give a hamper to Michel Barnier?
— Adam Fleming (@adamfleming) January 10, 2018
Apparently these “proud patriots” believe the hamper of wine, cheese, and condiments will illustrate the power of British brands and our strong negotiating hand in trade deals. https://twitter.com/DMReporter/status/951113866733346816
Jonathan Coe said books will be written about that hamper, and the utterly bizarre view it represents of Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world. https://twitter.com/jonathancoe/status/951143770682286080
Paul McNamara was horrified. Tweeting “MARMITE? THEY GAVE BARNIER MARMITE? omg, i thought this couldn’t get any worse.” https://twitter.com/M_PaulMcNamara/status/951106305611259904
Well much like Brexit, Marmite does split the UK between those who hate it and those who love it!
Jack said the hamper looked like something you’d win in a raffle at the end of a school play in Great Yarmouth.
The hamper Brexiteers presented to Barnier today looks like something you'd win in a raffle at the end of a school play in Great Yarmouth pic.twitter.com/t21kOTfowb
— Jack (@LahartJack) January 10, 2018
But Stefaan De Rynck Barnier’s advisor said he liked it a lot in particular the Dorset cheese with the EU protected origin, marmelade with the EU organic logo; https://twitter.com/StefaanDeRynck/status/951122567326203907
And Chris Kendall was also pleased thanking the British government and assorted Leavers for some proper laughs! https://twitter.com/ottocrat/status/951120370882539521
That’s it for this week’s Tweets of the Week. Join me again next week for more of the same. And send in your suggestions for the good, the bad, and ugly happens in the Brussels bubble Twittersphere, using the hashtag #EUtweets.