European Commissioners find Masterchef fame, won’t someone come up with Boris’ baby name, and if we can’t go on holidays, that would be a shame.
Never let it be said that European Commissioners don’t get around!
Yes that’s right Commissioners Margrethe Vestager and Margaritis Schinas were guest judges on Greek Masterchef.
MEP Karen Melchior said she wished her Greek was better, so she could watch it.
While a rather petulant MEP Assistants “at first thought it was a joke” and then peevishly questioned the Commissioners’ priorities.
At first I thought it was a joke. Then I was "wtf".
I suppose/hope this was filmed long before the Corona crisis broke out, but still, seeing this now gives a weird vibe on the sense of priorities of EU commissioners. https://t.co/Oaj04X0aYc
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) April 27, 2020
Lighten up dude, it was filmed months ago!
Quentin Aries was just confused: Can someone please explain why two European commissioners are the testers of the Greek version of Masterchef?
I may get Schinas, but why Vestager?
Can someone please explain why 2 European commissioners are the testers of the Greek version of Masterchef?
I may get why Schinas is invited (European way of life?) but why Vestager? https://t.co/FSnFOs27w9
— QAriès (@QuentinAries) April 27, 2020
Because she’s awesome?
All in all, it’s been a good week for Vestager, said Sam Morgen. Borgen — the Danish drama reportedly based on her — is also back on tv.
It’s a boy!
Perfectly timed to detract attention away from his handling of the coronacrisis, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s, fiancee Carrie Symonds, gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday.
🎉 It's a boy! 🎉
Carrie Symonds, fiancee of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gave birth to a baby boy this morning in a London hospital.
Read the latest about #BorisBaby 👇
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) April 29, 2020
Former PM David Cameron tweeted his congratulations saying “Sorry we didn’t leave the cot at Number 10, but the climbing frame should still be in the garden!”
Heartfelt congratulations @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds on your wonderful news today. Sam and I are thrilled for you both! Sorry we didn’t leave the cot – but the climbing frame should still be in the garden!
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) April 29, 2020
Cue much speculation about what the baby would be named:
According to British law, he had been born on Tuesday, Ed Balls Day his name would have automatically been Ed-Balls Johnson, joked Flora Gill.
According to British law, if Carrie and Boris' baby had been born yesterday on Ed Balls Day his name would have automatically been Ed-Balls Johnson.
Clever Carrie held it in for a few more hours, to avoid just this! 👏👏👏#borisbaby
— Flora E Gill (@FloraEGill) April 29, 2020
With a heavy heart I’ve just had to veto calling the newborn Mark Francois. It’d put too much pressure on the little one, quipped spoof account Mark ne Francois Pas.
With a heavy heart I've just had to veto the PM and Carrie calling the newborn Mark Francois. It'd put too much pressure on the little one.#Borisbaby
— Mark ne-Francois-pas MP (@MarkFrancois12) April 29, 2020
And Martini Seltzermayr said: “name it “Michel” or you can kiss your trade deal goodbye.”
Finally this week EU transport ministers held a videoconference to debate how to exit the coronacrisis lockdown.
Tomorrow the EU Commission and transport ministers will debate whether to allow vacations this summer.
Air travel has fallen by 90% this month, and it will take some fast and drastic measures to get tourism capacity in place this summer even in a small way. pic.twitter.com/kGmXWYGyO7
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) April 28, 2020
Also known as the “can we go on a summer holiday?” meeting.
Commissioner Vera Jourova warned Europe’s tourism sector could lose 50% of its turnover due to #covid19 travel restrictions.
🌞🏖️ We're …not going on a summer holiday?
EU Commissioner Vera Jourova warned today Europe's valuable tourism sector could lose 50% of its turnover due to #covid19 travel restricions, urged states to reopen borders.
Some more on this from earlier @France24_en #F24 pic.twitter.com/qywl92Uex6
— Catherine Nicholson (@ACatInParis) April 29, 2020
James Crisp said she was “on a mission to save the summer from coronavirus.”
And Thomas Sparrow pointed out this isn’t just a middle class problem, Europe’s tourism sector employs 22.6m people, equivalent to 11.2% of EU employment, and 9.5% of the bloc’s economy.
Dilemmas over ☀️holidays may sound like a first-world problem, but in #coronavirus times it’s also a key economic question
Europe's tourism sector employs 22.6m people, equivalent to 11.2% of EU employment, and accounts for 9.5% of the bloc’s economyhttps://t.co/orIRgw6WHO
— Thomas Sparrow (@Thomas_Sparrow) April 28, 2020