Election poll, copyright mob, and Fidesz in trouble (Tweets of the Week, S2 E22)

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Tweets of the Week. Shock and awe at latest Parliament poll Commission scores copyright own goal and Hungary’s Fidesz party is playing the
troll. This episode is supported by BCW, more about
their scorecard at the end. This week a new poll revealed the predicted
make-up of the next European Parliament. And it looks like the Social Democrats and
the EPP will both lose seats. Meaning it will take at least three mainstream
pro-EU parties to form a ruling coalition. Populists are predicted to surge above 14%. Still small, but showing strong gains, said
David Herszenhorn. Jennifer Rankin summed it up as the end of
the ‘grand coalition’ but no Eurosceptic takeover. Stuart Wooley won’t mourn the passing of
a ‘grand coalition’ of beige bureaucrats. However Sophia Russack injected a note of
caution saying poll predictions are often wrong. And quoted Simon Hix saying governing parties,
large parties, anti-EU parties as well as social democrats do systematically
worse in European Parliament than in national elections. Elsewhere there was some good news and some
bad news. Spoof account Martini Seltzermayr explained. The good news is the Commission is no longer
calling people “citizens”. Bad news, it’s now calling them the mob. You might have thought the copyright reform
argument was all but over but just when you thought it was safe to go
back on social media, a new row erupted. This time over a seriously ill-judged blog
post from the European Commission entitled “How the mob was told to save the dragon and
slay the knight.” Digital Vice President Andrus Ansip‏ said
he was as angry about it as anyone else. This kind of language is inexcusable he said. Informed decision-making needs as many arguments
as possible. On Thursday Commissioner Mariya Gabriel also
apologised for the blogpost in the Parliament’s IMCO committee. Joe McNamee asked was she really sorry or
just sorry that people misunderstood? MEP Julia Reda wanted to know who authorised
the post. How can the Commission communicate on copyright
over the heads of both responsible Commissioners, she asked. Watch this space for more updates. Copyright: the horror show file that just
keeps giving. Finally this week, Hungary ruling party Fidesz
launched a political campaign targeting Jean Claude Juncker. Istvan Ujhelyi said the propaganda was the
face of Hungarians everywhere. Guy Verhofstad called it “a disgrace,”
and “shameful.” And asked what the EPP group will do now? Many others agreed at the #expelFidesz hashtag
started popping up on posts. Juncker himself was pretty clear saying Fidesz
doesn’t belong in EPP. Oliver Schwarz quoted him saying that EPP
spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber will be asking himself if he needs these votes
at all. And EPP president Joseph Daul‏ “strongly
condemned” the campaign adding the claims made in the campaign are
deceitful, misleading and not based on facts. This week we are supported by BCW. Check out the findings of their European Commission
scoreboard survey on how well the Juncker Commission has performed. Spoiler alert, respondents gave it just 46
out of 100. That’s it for another week. Do join me again next Friday for more spills
and thrills is the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere.

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