MEPs from the EFDD Groups were still those engaging the citizens the most. Yet, they obtained fewer reactions that the week before. Contrarily, ALDE and S&D conversations generated more retweets and replies than last week, significantly reducing the gap with EFDD.
With no surprise, the messages sent by MEPs were mainly focused on the #eppcongress, besides the usual attention given to #brexit.
Citizens focused instead and, once again, on #brexit and #venezuela. Interestingly, people also focused on some issues that involved the Italian deputy Prime Minister, Luigi Di Maio (Five Star Movement).
The Social Democrat MEP, Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto, featured as one of the most active Deputies this week. Prieto mostly tweeted about the Castilla La Mancha issue. Instead the British Deputies, Richard Corbett (S&D Group) and Nigel Farage (EFDD Group), top the rankings of the most retweeted and replied Deputies, respectively.
The first insight from this week's monitoring is that the absolute number of tweets followed a declining trajectory, following the EP plenary days (22-25th of October). This signals a strong effect of the monthly gathering in Strasbourg on MEPs' Twitter activity.
MEPs of the EPP group tweeted more than all other parties and increased their amount of online conversations week after week. Also looking at the tweets-to-MEPs ratio, EPP deputies proved to be more active than previous weeks. They ranked third, behind the EFDD and the Greens/EFA.
This week MEPs mainly dealt with the Brexit negotiations (#brexit, #peoplesvote) and the local elections in Warsaw that took place on October 21 (#trzaskowski2018, #debatawarszawska). Instead, citizens mostly focused on Brexit and other UK issues (#brexit, #scrapthelicencefee).
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