Welcome back and happy rentrée. If, like me, you avoided social media for the summer, here’s Tweets of the Week’s lightning recap of what you missed.
While MEPs headed for sunnier climes, the European Commission kept its doors open for business — leaving this Commissioner in charge for a time.
A Brit (yes, really!) was left in charge of a very empty Berlaymont in Brussels last week https://t.co/RXfYWkHEEg
— POLITICO Europe (@POLITICOEurope) August 7, 2017
As Berlaymonster and others pointed out, for one week only, a British King was in charge of Europe.
For one week only, a King in charge of Europe. https://t.co/H5ECi1sGC0
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) August 7, 2017
The other Egg-citing news (SORRY!) was the tainted egg crisis with Fipronil, an insecticide, found in products in several European countries.
— LGC Standards (@LGCStandards) August 30, 2017
Former MEP, Michiel van Hulten, reported that the EU to hold egg crisis summit. Now… if only Brussels had a good location to hold such an event….
EU to hold egg crisis summit. If only Brussels had a good location to host such an event. Oh, wait… pic.twitter.com/In0J6IJOYe
— Michiel van Hulten (@mvanhulten) August 11, 2017
However, in the UK, they were more concerned about bongs than breakfast as Big Ben prepared to fall silent for renovations.
— Bloomberg (@business) August 14, 2017
“Wait, the British think they can organise the whole of Brexit in 18 months when it takes them 4 years just to fix a clock?” tweeted parody account Queen Europe.
Wait, the British think they can organise the whole of Brexit in 18 months when it takes them 4 years just to fix a clock? https://t.co/J8rzoKASqY
— Angela Merkel (@Queen_Europe) August 14, 2017
Berlaymonster reckoned if the EU could find a way to keep Big Ben ringing during renovations, then Brexit would definitely be off!
If the EU right now found a way to keep Big Ben ringing during renovations that could pretty much swing the whole nation against Brexit.
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) August 21, 2017
And of course Brexit negotiations ruined what would otherwise have been a blissfully quiet summer in Eurotwitter!
I have to say, Brexit is ruining what would otherwise normally be a blissfully quiet summer in eurotwitter.
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) July 31, 2017
Michel Barnier greeted the British negotiation team saying: “To be honest, I’m concerned…”
— Stefan Leifert (@StefanLeifert) August 28, 2017
Tom Nuttall quoted the EU chief negotiator: “I’m meticulously following the negotiating guidelines. For UK, that’s precisely the problem.”
Barnier: I'm meticulously following the negotiating guidelines. For UK, that's precisely the problem.
— Tom Nuttall (@tom_nuttall) August 31, 2017
And Ferdinando Giugliano said he was beginning to wonder whether Barnier and Davis are actually attending the same talks.
— Ferdinando Giugliano (@FerdiGiugliano) August 31, 2017
And last but not least it was yet another mensis horribilis for Donald Trump: He insulted the White House, calling it a dump, threatened to kick trans people out of the military, upset North Korea, refused to condemn fascists, and played golf… a lot of golf.
— Rob (@Unpersuaded112) August 27, 2017
Leading to this Tweet: “Dear Lord, Is it time to impeach? Give us a sign. Blot out the sun.”
— Perseus (@AndromedaNGC) August 21, 2017
This week we are supported by A.C.C.A. check out their event on driving change in the public sector on 26 September.
Join ACCA’s 'Drivers of change for the public sector' debate on 26 September in Luxembourg https://t.co/pECY6DaJ8Z
— ACCA Views (@ACCAViews) August 31, 2017
And join me again next week for more snark and larks, gaffes and laughs and send in your suggestions using the hashtag #EUTweets.