#8 MEPS... SAY WHAT!? EUROPEAN 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 will be bringing 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 above all we'll bring you reasons to vote in the May elections.
Translation: #Merkel meets #Obama: “Like this we will at least listen to me.”
Ever since German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone was tapped, we imagine she gets these akward feelings when she’s on the phone. The atmosphere wasn’t too jovial when she visited Obama last week in Washington for the first time since the scandal. Obama is not known for taking a particular interest in European heads of state, so Merkel has to try hard to be heard by her American counterpart.
The old dog is still at it. If only Jean-Marie Le Pen's criminal record was as clean as his car. His illustrious career of racism boasts six convictions. He was punished for dismissing the holocaust gas chambers as a "detail in the history of World War II". He was suspended from the European Parliament for attacking a socialist. He's been accused of engaging in a touch of torture during the Algerian War. But he's still an MEP, still racist, and still looking great.
Guy Verhofstadt visited Google and tested their new glasses. It left a memorable impression on the Belgian liberal. Recently we saw him debating the other candidates for President of the European commission where he made the best impression on the audience. If economic growth in Europe will really be generated by an American firm that has data sharing agreements with the NSA remains questionable. On his website you can win a day with Guy Verhofstadt if you take the best selfie that shows you with what you like about Europe. Dream come true?
This marvellous advert touches on a controversial European issue. In February the European Parliament flashed its green credentials with a deal to combat deforestation in Indonesia. But the European Commission's simultaneous drive for "greener" agrofuels is fuelling massive deforestation. So the EU destroys with one hand what it builds with the other. On a lighter note, what do a priest and a Christmas tree have in common? The balls are just for decoration.