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MEPs... Say What!? Tweets of the Week

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PoliticsMEPs... Say What!?

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 rea­sons to vote in the May elec­tions

Tweet Trans­la­tion: Stra­sbourg is a beau­ti­ful city, but the ex­pen­si­ve EU tra­vel­ling cir­cus has to stop! #Sin­gle­Seat 

Ac­cord­ing to Jorg Lei­cht­fried, and many other MEPs for that mat­ter, there is no point in the par­lia­ment sit­ting 4 days a month in Stra­sbourg, whilst hold­ing the rest of the par­lia­men­tary ses­sions in Brus­sels. His tweet says this trav­el­ling cir­cus costs 200 mil­lion euros a year.

Trans­la­tion: "#Highto­ne will soon re­lea­se their new album"

Eric Ma­huet heads the list for the Fren­ch bran­ch of the Pi­ra­te Party. This Tweet brought this nice lit­tle band from Lyon to our at­ten­tion. Founded in Swe­den in 2006, the Pi­rate Party ad­vo­cate re­form of copy­right law and pen shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing music. They boast the Eu­ro­pean par­lia­ment's youngest mem­ber, 27 year old Amelia An­der­s­dot­ter.

Mar­tin Schulz, Pres­i­dent of the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment, has sparked off a huge twit­ter scan­dal. Ac­cor­ding to the Euro­pean Green Party, he ex­ploi­ted his pre­si­den­tial ac­count to gain fol­lo­wers on his “can­di­da­te for the Eu Com­mis­sion” ac­count. All his pre­vious fol­lo­wers were au­to­ma­ti­cal­ly shif­ted to the se­cond one wi­thout being asked. Fun­nily enou­gh and a com­plete ac­ci­dent of course, the Greens have in­ad­ver­tently pro­moted the afore­men­tioned Pi­rate Party!

In re­sponse to em­bat­tled Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's block­ing of Twit­ter, writer, lec­turer and broad­caster, Jonathan Fryer, gives an in­ter­est­ing break down of the world's biggest tweet­ers.

And one last token tweet which was too good to leave out!

Trans­la­tion: "A pic­tu­re speaks a thou­sand words #PutIN"

An­ge­la Mer­kel emer­ges from the arse of Uncle Sam. What on earth was she doing in there, I hear you ask? She was brown no­sing Ame­ri­ca and rol­ling over for Rus­sia, ac­cord­ing to this eu­roscep­tic tweeter.