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European leaders have embraced Twitter as the new communications tool. All but one European Commissioners have a personal and an institutional Twitter accounts and their spokespersons are actively tweeting too. @DonaldTusk, the new President of the European Council tweets @eucopresident.

Council President of EU Donald Tusk

The new President of the European Council, former Polish Premier Donald Tusk renamed his Twitter account from @PremierTusk to @DonaldTusk once he was elected. Donald Tusk created his personal account on 10 December 2012 and tweets about two or three times per month, depending on the political agenda. Two thirds of his tweets are @replies often interacting with prominent politicians and journalists. The former Polish prime minister seems to be familiar with Twitter, using it with ease but he rarely tweets photographs. However sometimes he shows off some of his private life such as a humorous tweet with a snowman, posted on 31 March 2013 or the black and white picture of his mother on 26 May 2014. @DonaldTusk only tweets in Polish and sometimes also in Kashubian, the dialect of the ethnic group living in northern Poland, from which Tusk proudly derives.

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Donald Tusk

@donaldtusk

Oficjalny profil Donalda Tuska. The official profile of Donald Tusk.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:247
Following:97
Followers:210,501
Joined Twitter: 09/17/2011
Language: Polish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.36
Retweets:
Mentions/Tweet: 0.79
Replies/Tweet: 0.66
Tweets retweeted: 94%
Most mentioned @premiertusk (24), @machnikbartek (11), @jarekkuzniar (10), @CzapskiPawel (5), @GoskaSerafin (4), @WindakAdam (4), @nmaliszewski (4), @PetrosTovmasyan (3), @AgaRucinska (3), @jmiziolek (3)

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Commission President of EU Jean-Claude Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker is a relative newcomer to Twitter. His account was created on 11 January 2014 ahead of the EPP party congress in Dublin. During the European Election campaign in 2014 the account was promoted on Twitter and now has a sizeable audience. However the new President of the European Commission is only mutually following seven other European leaders. @JunckerEU tweets on average three times a day mainly from an iPhone and an iPad. A quarter of his tweets are retweets, mainly of the @EPP party account, however he is not very conversational with less than 20 @replies.

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Jean-Claude Juncker

@JunckerEU

President of the @EU_Commission

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:886
Following:1,314
Followers:71,701
Joined Twitter: 07/22/2010
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.97
Retweets: 24%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.42
Replies/Tweet: 0.06
Tweets retweeted: 74%
Most mentioned @EPP (64), @EU_Commission (17), @CDU (10), @TV5MONDE (8), @davidmcallister (8), @CSV_news (8), @PPE (7), @premiertusk (6), @oevp (6), @MartinSchulz (6)

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Commission of EU European Commission

The European Commission is quite prolific with 12 tweets a day, a quarter of its tweets are retweets, mainly of Commission President former Commission President @JMDBarroso, the @eu_eeas and commission spokespersons @PiaAhrenkilde, @MajaEUspox and @MichaelMannEU as well as other former EU commissioners including @StefanFuleEU, @KGeorgievaEU, and @NeelieKroesEU. The European Commission is also quite conversational and engaging, organizing regular #EUchats with EU commissioners. The summary of the chats can then be found on the Commission’s Storify account. The Commission maintains 12 Twitter lists including one with all the EU representations worldwide. The most retweeted tweet was sent on 10 September to introduce the new #TeamJunckerEU.

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European Commission

@EU_Commission

The Commission's job is to represent and uphold the interests of the European Union as a whole. It is headed by 28 Commissioners, 1 per member state.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:15,363
Following:926
Followers:293,113
Joined Twitter: 06/21/2010
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 12.86
Retweets: 24%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.7
Replies/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 75%
Most mentioned @EU_Commission (411), @Europarl_EN (61), @NeelieKroesEU (61), @VassiliouEU (60), @LaszloAndorEU (59), @eu_eeas (57), @SiimKallasEU (44), @MalmstromEU (42), @EU_Eurostat (41), @StefanFuleEU (40)

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Foreign Minister of EU Federica Mogherini

Former Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini opened her Twitter account on 10 January 2012 when she was still a member of the Italian parliament. Federica Mogherini has seen exponential growth on Twitter since her nomination as High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs. The @FedericaMog account is fairly active with an average of four tweets per day and she sometimes tweets personally. A quarter of her tweets are retweets, and another quarter are @replies to her followers. She is well connected mutually following 21 other world leaders on Twitter. Since taking on her new role she consistently tweets in English.

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Federica Mogherini

@FedericaMog

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Vice President of the Eu Commission

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:4,580
Following:7,459
Followers:71,769
Joined Twitter: 01/10/2012
Language: Italian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.08
Retweets: 28%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.7
Replies/Tweet: 0.27
Tweets retweeted: 40%
Most mentioned @FedericaMog (363), @pdnetwork (111), @pbersani (43), @Virus1979C (35), @matteorenzi (32), @kkvignarca (28), @myPressOn (26), @andreasarubbi (22), @unitaonline (19), @PDERNetwork (19)

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Foreign Ministry of EU EU External Action

The European External Action Service (@eu_eeas), the Foreign Policy service of the European Union is the best connected Foreign Service with 82 mutual connections to other EU leaders and foreign offices. The @eu_eeas account is fairly prolific with an average of more than seven tweets per day a third of which are retweets, of her spokespersons Michael Mann @MichaelMannEU and Maja Kocijancic @MajaEUspox. The @eu_eeas account also maintains five Twitter lists including one listing all EU representations abroad.

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EU External Action

@eu_eeas

The European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU's Foreign & Security Policy Service led by Federica Mogherini. RTs/follows ≠ endorsements

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:10,082
Following:1,621
Followers:77,400
Joined Twitter: 10/08/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 7.91
Retweets: 37%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.16
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 61%
Most mentioned @EU_Commission (26), @FedericaMog (20), @UN (18), @StateDept (13), @EUCouncil (13), @Europarl_EN (12), @EUCouncilTVNews (12), @JZarif (12), @euHvR (9), @NATO (9)

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