#5 MEPS... Say What!? Tweets of the Week
Who says EU politicians are a bunch of faceless bureaucrats? They're people just like us, and here's the proof. Each week Cafébabel brings you a selection of the weirdest, whackiest and most touching Tweets from European parliamentary candidates. We'll bring you bright ideas, brilliance and loonies, and reasons to vote in the May elections.
Translation: The launch of "The Europeans'" campaign. We are the only ones demanding a concrete Europe which serves the citizens.
France has a new party! "The Europeans". Simple by name, simple by nature, they offer "employment", "protection", and "democracy". But the rise of the eurosceptics with their oneline knockout punches proves simplicity can work. Can France's newest party of europhiles start landing punches in time?
Translation: Visiting Tarajal beach in Cueta, where 15 people were killed last February. We continue to demand accountability!
Spanish candidate Ernest Urtasun is paying homage to the 15 migrants killed at this beach in Cueta when trying to enter Spain. Coast guards allegedly opened fire to keep them out, and protests exploded across Spain. Is this the way Europe should treat people who want a better life?
Translation: And here's an infographic with numbers regarding the theme "smoking kills"
So Europe is the heaviest smoking continent, with 32% puffing (28% according to WHO). The EU is aiming to cut the number of smokers by 2.4m. Serbia annually smokes 2861 cigarettes per person, the highest in the world. More than 43 trillion cigarettes have been smoked gobally in the last ten years. Enough stats? How about a joke? Three pirates on a ship have four cigarettes, but no lighter or matches. What do they do? They throw one cigarette over board and the whole ship becomes a cigarette lighter.
This is a business strategy for a post pot-prohibition UK. Sorry, my mistake, it's a map of UK fracking. Green activists play on alleged dangers like little earthquakes etc. so Europe isn't backing fracking. France has even banned it. But Europe’s reliance on Russian gas seems ever more suicidal. The US, leading the frack pack since 1949, will soon be a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia, and this geopolitical independence may tempt the Europeans into unsheaving their drills like Benny Bennassi.