Well, well, well… it really happened. Brexit is upon us. Political chaos in the UK. Cameron resigned. Debates about Article 50 loom over Brussels. An interesting European Council is ahead of us.
Yes, we do live in interesting times. And to make it even more interesting we invited a few Scots from @DemsocScotland to our next #EUtweetup (they organise great Holyrood tweetups in Edinburgh!) As you all know, Scotland may play an important role in the post-Brexit world – both in the UK and ‘in Europe’. So, join us for a “Holyrood meets Brussels” #EUtweetup – and get a feeling for the political debate in Scotland. Of course you can also just come along for a drink and ignore all this Brexit stuff for a few hours…
DATE: 30 June – from 6pm
LOCATION: Place de Londres (where else?)
WHERE? Outside – We will try and get a few tables in front of Stoemelings/El Turco. If Brussels weather does not agree with this plan, please check @EUTweetup for details (but don’t worry, we will still be in one of the bars around Place de Londres!)
See you on Thursday!
In a true democratic style, otherwise known as a Twitter poll, you voted to return to a more central location for the 19 May .
So… we will be back at Brewdog ( on Twitter) by the Gare Centrale, following our very warm welcome there in February. Boasting forty beers on tap, as well as wine, cava and soft drinks for the non-beer drinkers amongst us, as well as tasty food, it’s not surprising this place is fast becoming a Tweetup regular!
This time we have reserved the mezzanine level for the TweetUp from 19.00, but we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for sun so we can benefit from their amazing terrace. And fortunately for us, the TweetUp is happening when a whole new set of “digital evangelisers” are in town! The European Commission’s Digital Leaders – from the 28 representation offices in the Member States – are having their annual meeting in Brussels with the intention of exchanging good practices and picking up new skills. If you want to do some homework in advance, you can follow the Representations on Twitter through this list:
With just 5 weeks until the , we are sure there will be much to talk about!
Come along, bring your friends and let’s Tweet Up!
Time for another #EUtweetup! This time we are celebrating, and what an occasion it is: 10 years of the Democratic Society! And our special guest will be the founder of demsoc @AnthonyZach who runs all sorts of fascinating democracy projects both in the UK and across the EU.
So, let’s talk democracy! What did we learn from the Dutch referendum? What about the upcoming Brexit referendum? And what other (maybe more promising?) forms of participatory democracy are out there? How can we think about European democracy without sounding like a bored academic?
Join us for a #EUtweetup on Thursday, 28th of April at Place de Londres Cafe (map). We will start around 6pm. So, feel free to bring along friends and friends of friends. Please note, as this is a #EUtweetup, you should have at least *heard* of twitter…
Join us whenever you have time – it is a relaxed get together of people that know each other from twitter (despite the blurb on democracy there will be no speeches!). If you can’t make it sign up to our newsletter and/or spread the word on twitter with our hashtag #EUtweetup!
On Lá Fhéile Pádraig (otherwise known as St Patrick’s Day), millions of people will mark the anniversary of the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, with parades, good cheer and perhaps a pint or two of beer…
This year, we will also mark the occasion in Brussels with an . Let’s meet at Beers Bank, Place Jourdan on Thursday, 17th March from 1800 (until late…)
It’s another new location, which claims almost 150 different beers on its menu.
Or if you are feeling more adventurous, why not treat yourself to a Baileys or an Irish coffee?! Everyone is welcome so feel free to bring along friends and colleagues! If you have questions or want to know who else is going, tweet us or follow the hashtag.
And… *drumroll*… we are also looking forward to welcoming a very special guest next week! @usherwood promised to join us. So, come along to chat with him what’s it like to be part of the “brexit and euroscepticism” debate in the UK (he has written tons of blog posts and research papers on the issue). He will also bring his ‘A diet of Brussels‘ podcast to town – episode 138 may well be a #EUtweetup special… (fun fact: Do you know who designed this iconic podcast logo? To find out you have to join us next week 😉
See you next Thursday and don’t forget to wear something green!
We’re happy to announce – at slightly short notice – that we’re taking #EUtweetup to a new city: GENEVA. Jarle Hetland (@jarlehetland), Matthias Lüfkens (@luefkens) and I (@jonworth) will be meeting at 1700 at Saveurs & Couleurs, Rue des Grottes 24, 1201 Genève (map), from 1900, on Tuesday 15th March, and you would be very welcome to join us. If you could just let one of us know (by Twitter DM) that you’re going to come along that would be super, but there’s no need to sign up formally.
The idea remains the same as at Tweetups in Brussels – come and meet offline the people you have otherwise discussed politics with online. You’ll probably find out that the people are even more interesting in real life than they are on Twitter 🙂 Discussion at the Geneva tweetup will not only talk about EU politics online, but international politics too. If in doubt have a look at out “What is a tweetup?” page!
So see you Saveurs & Couleurs on Tuesday 15th!
It’s #EUtweetup time again! And this time we thought of something special for you. Yes, you guessed it, we have a new venue!
There has always been a close connections between (Belgian craft) beers and tweetups. Call it ‘special relationship’ or ‘the Belgian way to do tweetups’. But Belgian craft beers are just one side of the story. How do you feel about Scottish/Danish/Finnish craft beers? Well, here is your chance to find out:
#EUtweetup on 17 Feb at Brew Dog Brussels / @BrewDogBrussels on twitter!
It’s a relatively new bar right next to Gare Central. (map) We’ve reserved the ‘tasting room’ so it should be easy to find us!
If you’ve just come across this blog post and you’re wondering whether you should join us… YES, you definitely should!! Tweetups are fun, it’s a great way to meet people. But expect questions about your ‘life on twitter’ and ‘your name on twitter’ – so be prepared!
Questions? Feel free to get in touch via @eutweetup!
‘Twas 9 days before Christmas, when all through the bubble EU tweeps were all stirring and ready for trouble!
The hashtag was ready and promoted with care,In hopes that the next soon would be there…
Quick, before sleigh rides out of Brussels for their Christmas festivities, let’s meet for the final of 2015 in Brussels!
We’ll be at the Golden Stones, on Place de Londres, Brussels, on Wednesday, 16 December from 1800 (until late…) to look back at a year filled with poignant hashtags ranging from , and to , and .
See you there! And don’t forget to bring your friends, colleagues and plenty of Christmas cheer! If you have any questions please tweet and follow the hashtag for updates. See you on Wednesday!
Well, time flies – another month gone by…
It’s time for an #EUtweetup in Brussels! We’ll meet this Wednesday, 18th November from 1800 (until late…) at Stoemelings, on Place de Londres, Brussels.
And yes, we are back at our old location as the other cafe across the square had already been booked for another event.
See you there! And do feel free to bring along friends and colleagues! An #EUtweetup is not some kind of ‘exclusive club-like’ event, we want tweetups to be as open as possible, everyone is welcome (OK, you should have at least heard of twitter! 😉
If you have any questions please tweet us @EUtweetup.
See you on Wednesday!
We’re happy to announce the next EU Tweetup – Tuesday 13th October from 1800 until late at Café Place de Londres, on Place de Londres, Brussels. It’s pictured here to the right – it’s the café-restaurant on the right of the square if you’re walking from the EU institutions towards Ixelles.
We have the mezzanine level of the café reserved for the tweetup – that’s at the back of the place, and up half a level.
Café Place de Londres has three things going for it as a Tweetup venue: it has plenty of space, excellent beers from the Brussels Beer Project, and – if you want to – you can also eat there.
Also out tweetup falls in the middle of EU Open Days (#euopendays on Twitter) – all attendees at that are most welcome to come along to the tweetup!
The deal is the same as ever – no need to sign up. Just come along and meet the folks in real life you otherwise argue with on Twitter. We’ve been doing it for more than 3 years in Brussels, and people seem to enjoy meeting Twitter nerds, so why not come along if you’ve never been to a Tweetup yet?
Summer’s done. The institutions are back working, and hence everyone else is back in Brussels as well. So that means it’s time for a beer and some gossip about EU politics at the latest #EUtweetup – from 1830 at Place de Londres, Brussels on Thursday 3rd September. Depending on the weather we’ll either be sat on the square, or inside the bar Stoemelings. If anything changes we’ll tweet it on the hashtag #EUtweetup.
As The Captain is not paying us a visit this time (we hope he’s off somewhere socking it to Orbán or something), you’ll find us by spotting members of the regualar EU Twitter crew – folks like Mark Johnston, Alice Stollmeyer, Nicholas Whyte and I (@jonworth) are normally there, and we bear a decent resemblance to our Twitter pictures!
The formula remains the same as ever – this is a very informal event. Come along, meet people you normally only argue with on Twitter, and discover they are actually good folks in real life too. You’ll actually find rather few of them with their heads in their mobiles throughout the evening. Anyone – Twitter newbie or old hand – is welcome. One of the topics for debate will be #SOTEU / #JunckerBullshitBingo 🙂
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!