Meet Alex Stubb, the European Summit's Comic Relief
Like London's flamboyant mayor Boris Johnson, he's blond, opinionated, has a flair for publicity and is a bit of a comedian. However, Finnish politician Alex Stubb has taken up a trickier task than running London — namely, bringing light relief to the latest European summit.
A self-confessed "EU nerd," Stubb has updated his Twitter followers, over 50,000 of them, on all aspects of the two-day meeting in Brussels, Belgium, which continued throughout Thursday night.
Stubb, who is Finland's minister for European affairs and foreign trade, explained his motivation earlier on Thursday in a tweet.
"European Councils are like Formula 1 races. Often you can follow them better online than on the spot," he said.
So far, Stubb has posted over 40 tweets in a combination of English and Finnish, and six photos from the summit.
Highlights included a picture of himself standing against a wall and feigning sleep, captioned: "Never lie on Twitter. Vertical sleep action."
Stubb has also posted details of his clothing choices for the summit.
"Don't know if I am too optimistic, but ironed only three shirts for the final stretch of the EU budget negotiations," he tweeted on Thursday.
Followers were updated on Friday. "Still wearing the same shirt … This could be a one-shirter … Now a two-hour break … I will go and change my shirt!"
In addition to tweeting, Stubb also blogs on his website, alexstubb.com. According to the site, he speaks five languages, has written 11 books on the European Union, and has a PhD from the London School of Economics in international politics.
—By CNBC's Katy Barnato
Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly said Stubb had 998 Twitter followers. He has over 50,000 followers and follows 900 tweeters.