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European leaders have embraced Twitter as the new communications tool. Almost all European Commissioners have a personal and an institutional Twitter account and their spokespersons are actively tweeting too.

Council President of EU Herman Van Rompuy

The President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy is one of the best connected world leaders, unilaterally following 48, being followed by 93 and mutually connected to 29 other world leaders. @euHvR frequently @mentions other European heads of state and government in his tweets. He started his Twitter activity at the end of October 2010, nearly a year after his ascension to the top EU post. Most of his tweets cover speeches he makes or events he takes part in. Although most of his tweets are in English, he often tweets in other languages, including Chinese and Japanese, to connect with leaders or in light of summits. The tweets mostly regard general statements on current affairs, but there are also more personal messages to commemorate particular events or congratulatory messages to other foreign leaders. His most popular tweet was retweeted almost 1000 times: “Deal done! #euco has agreed on #MFF for the rest of the decade. Worth waiting for.” The tweets are generally written by his media team, but every now and then he tweets personally namely his passion haikus in Dutch.

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Herman Van Rompuy

@euHvR

Twitter channel of the President of the European Council. Managed by the media team.

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:2,731
Following:305
Followers:174,562
Joined Twitter: 09/30/2010
Language: English/Flemish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.05
Retweets: 3%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.24
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 95%
Most mentioned @BarrosoEU (27), @UN (27), @Europarl_EN (20), @euHvR (19), @Elysee (15), @marianorajoy (8), @EnricoLetta (7), @MartinSchulz (7), @EUCouncilPress (7), @ChathamHouse (7).

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Commission President of EU José Manuel Barroso

José Manuel Barroso joined Twitter relatively late on 3 September 2012. The account is run by his team and his personal tweets are signed JMB. The team tweets mainly in English but whenever he meets foreign officials he tweets in other European languages, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. “Did my press statement in Wiesbaden partly in German. Wished I had continued my German lessons./JMB”, he tweeted on 14 September 2012. Barroso tweets on average almost twice a day mentioning other Twitter users in every second tweet but he rarely @replies. Barroso is among the best connected world leaders unilaterally following 37, followed by 91 and mutually connected with 17 other peers. It comes as no surprise that the most popular tweet, retweeted 660 times, mentioned the Nobel Peace Prize: “It is a great honour for the whole of the #EU, all 500 million citizens, to be awarded the 2012 #Nobel Peace prize.”

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José Manuel Barroso

@BarrosoEU

President of the @EU_Commission. Let's build Europe together! Profile managed by my media team. Own tweets signed JMB

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:1,895
Following:1,214
Followers:110,233
Joined Twitter: 09/20/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.82
Retweets: 4%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.59
Replies/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 95%
Most mentioned @EU_Commission (194), @euHvR (76), @Europarl_EN (36), @UN (25), @EnricoLetta (21), @davos (20), @Schwarzenegger (16), @eumayors (15), @fhollande (14), @etuc_ces (13).

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Commission of EU European Commission

The European Commission is quite prolific with 16 tweets a day, 19% of its tweets are retweets, mainly of Commission President @BarrosoEU and spokespersons @ECspokesKoen and @ECspokesPia as well as other EU commissioners including @VivianeRedingEU, @KGeorgievaEU, https://twitter.com/SiimKallasEU, @MalmstromEU, @StefanFuleEU, 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 makes good use of Twitter lists and maintains 12 Twitter lists including one with all the EU representations worldwide. The most retweeted tweet was sent when the European Parliament voted for a popular proposal: “Goodbye #roaming charges by Christmas 2015! http://europa.eu/!NN89YF @NeelieKroesEU #connectedcontinent”

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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 June 2014)

Tweets:14,154
Following:888
Followers:237,908
Joined Twitter: 06/21/2010
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 16.36
Retweets: 18%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.9
Replies/Tweet: 0.07
Tweets retweeted: 79%
Most mentioned @EU_Commission (430), @BarrosoEU (215), @VivianeRedingEU (150), @Europarl_EN (86), @LaszloAndorEU (81), @VassiliouEU (72), @SiimKallasEU (55), @StefanFuleEU (55), @MalmstromEU (53), @NeelieKroesEU (52).

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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 71 mutual connections to other EU leaders and foreign offices. Interestingly, Catherine Ashton, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs does not have a personal Twitter account. 12% of its tweets are retweets, of her spokespersons Michael Mann @EUHighRepSpox and Maja Kocijancic @AshtonSpox_Maja. @eu_eeas is fairly active with an average of seven tweets a day but it rarely @replies to other users. It also maintains five Twitter lists including one listing all EU representations abroad. Its most retweeted tweet was sent on 3 March 2014: “#Ashton calls extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council on developments in #Ukraine. Meeting starts 1300CET @ Council, Brussels”

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EU External Action

@eu_eeas

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

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:8,942
Following:1,456
Followers:65,726
Joined Twitter: 10/08/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 7.14
Retweets: 29%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.23
Replies/Tweet: 0.05
Tweets retweeted: 67%
Most mentioned @EU_Commission (24), @UN (21), @EUHighRepSpox (20), @StateDept (18), @Europarl_EN (18), @euHvR (16), @JZarif (14), @AshtonSpox_Maja (14), @StefanFuleEU (13), @APiebalgsEU (13).

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