EU politicians use Twitter to break news of Greek debt deal

News that a deal has been struck on Greece's debt situation was broken on Twitter by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who tweeted "Agreement" following a 15-hour-long EU summit in Brussels.

Charles Michel: Credit THIERRY ROGE/Belga/Press Association Images
Charles Michel: Credit THIERRY ROGE/Belga/Press Association Images

Michel's tweet, below, has been retweeted by almost 4,000 followers and was picked up by mainstream media.


Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, followed minutes later with the tweet:


The Sun's head of PR Dylan Sharpe questioned whether it had been the intention of the EU to break the news in this way:


Dirk Singer, founder of digital agency Rabbit, said this proved Twitter's value as a news tool.


According to the BBC, Eurozone leaders have reached agreement over a third Greek bailout, with Greece securing a growth package of €35bn (£25bn) and debt restructuring. Greece will have to pass reforms of the Eurozone by Wednesday.

PRWeek contacted the EU press office, which was unable to comment at the time of publication.

Twitter was named the top source for breaking news by senior PR figures included in PRWeek's Global Power Book, which was released last month.

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