#7 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.
Übersetzung: 23. April: Nichts zu feiern! … Drachen zu töten ist keine Kultur!
In Spanien gerät der Stierkampf immer mehr in Kritik. „Stiere töten ist keine Kultur“. Die Region Katalonien ist die Einzige, in der der Stierkampf verboten ist. Zuletzt hatten sich Aktivisten in Barcelona Kämpfe geliefert für die Abschaffung geliefert und ein Verbot durchgesetzt.
Translation: 80 billion plastic bags less are a great success for Europe and our oceans! “Plastic out of our oceans”
On 16 April the European Parliament passed a directive to cut throw-away plastic bag use by 50% by 2017 and 80% by 2019. Individual states will choose their strategy. 100 billion plastic bags are used in the EU every year. 8 billion of them end up in Europe's seas. 94% of North Sea birds have plastic in their stomach. So it's an historic day for Europe's wildlife.
Translation: Happy Easter everyone.
Who says Christians can't keep up with the times? Jesus, traditionally humblest of the humble, is here transformed into a modern day celebrity, the son of the selfie generation, crucified on the alter of his own ego, which has been inflated by flashing camera phones and cooing fans. But what of the 2nd commandment: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above"? Thank God there were no camera phones in Jesus' day.
Translation: The NSA already knows who you're going to vote us.
Facebook knows you're gay before you come out. As our lives are increasingly dominated by our online activity, and as internet giants become increasingly astute at analysing "big data", our secrets become far less secret. As the Guardian puts it "Google doesn't just know you're gay before you tell your mum; it knows you're gay before you do." Data protection is a flagship Pirate Party policy. It's increasingly apparent that it should be a basic human right.