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 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: "European Parliament condemns the decisions undertaken by the troika. For MEPs, austerity policies have been a failure".
David Sassoli, journalist and one time anchor of Tg1 news (most popular Italian news programme) is an MEP for the Italian Democaratic Party. He tweeted the results of a vote against the austerity measures of the Troika (European Commission, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank) during the crisis in Greece, Cyprus, Ireland and Portugal. The vote has no legislative effects, but it's a powerful political symbol. Is this a sign of tensions and conflict between different European institutions?
Translation: I'm asking myself if there is still any sense of measure and proportionality. #PoliticsTuesday
Translation: I'm telling myself that you won't reconcile the French with politics in this manner. #PoliticsTuesday
Robert Rochefort seems to have momentarily lost his mind on Tuesday. A reckless splurge of 20 tweets in four minutes briefly and boringly blocked up the European Elections Twitter feed. His self-indulgent social media splurge calls for ‘a measure of proportionality’ and claims ‘you won’t reconcile the French to politics like this’. The irony seems lost on Rochefort. Twitter should be used to engage voters, not irritate them.
Sean Kelly reminds us that the Eropean Parliament does take important decisions which improve our everyday lives! Soon we won’t have to ask around for a phone charger which fits our mobile. We won't have to pay fortunes for obscure, strangely shaped replacements. Europe will become a harmonious, charger-sharing utopia!
Translation: Nano particles in your food without your knowledge. Does that tempt you? Decision to be taken tomorrow in Strasbourg. My choice is NO.
José Bovè was once imprisoned for three months for dismantling a McDonalds. He once travelled to the USA with 30kg of Rochefort cheese in his luggage to protest against US tariffs on European goods. Together with Ska Keller, José Bovè was recently chosen to lead the Green Coalition for the EU elections in May. As you can see from this tweet, he hates the globalised industrial food industry.
Translation: Girls, today I recommend for you- mussels. Enjoy!".
On International Women's Day, some people were out campaigning for sexual equality. This Polish politician was at home making crude misogynist quips on Twitter. A mussel is Polish slang for a vagina. He attached a link to a recipe for mussels and the hashtag #impliedmeanings to make sure nobody missed the joke.
"Lack of accountability" is one of the weapons favoured by Eurosceptics in their attacks on the EU. Like many Eurosceptic arguments, this one is based on myths and misinformation. Every EU Treaty, most recently the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, has given more power to the directly elected European Parliament. Herman van Rompuy is President of the European Council. The President is elected by national heads of state, and has no legislative power anyway. Kremlin…. really ?
Translation: Hollande- a man with his ear to the ground! Stasi 2.0 #SarkozyTapping
With approval ratings below 20%, Francois Hollande is the most unpopular French President ever. He stumbles from scandal to scandal, the latest one being the Nicolas Sarkozy spying affair. Prosecutors tapped Sarkozy's phone as part of the investigation into his financial links with the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi. This scandal is particularly pertinent in the context of Hollande's strong criticism of NSA activities.