9 degrees deference

Friday, January 29, 2016 | 0 comments »

It's one for David Cameron's career scrapbook: that time when the German chief of staff for European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker bowed to him.

Here's the vid.

And here's the snapshot moment.

Eurovillageois may remember that the topcrat in question, Martin Selmayr, has greeted EU leaders like this before, notably Selmayr's ultimate boss, Mutti Merkel herself.

Cameron will doubtless take extra satisfaction from the trigonometrical undeniable fact that Selmayr bowed lower to the British PM than he did to Mutti.

By BM's calculation, a full 9 degrees.

Here's the proof: superimposed on each other, the freeze-frame moment when the German official's bow to each leader was at its nadir.

So why did Martin bow so low to Cameron?

A show of deference for the cameras?

A true sign of respect?

Or perhaps he was just back from the barbers, and wanted to show off his new hairdo...


Our Saviour is Born...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 0 comments »


Snarky Christmas,


Europe's leaders are "onside" with Britain's EU reform plans, which include allowing Britons to do a poo in the EU's hats. That's according to Cameron himself, following a series of meetings with fellow EU leaders.

"It's great to see that there's a real momentum for change, the kind of changes that we're after" Cameron said today.

"Hmm. Might need some more, Janusz. I'm quite full."
The reform plans were "good for Britain, but also good for Europe."

Many have pushed back at his calls to be allowed to poo in the EU's hats.

But Cameron insisted that the need for the country to be allowed to do that was an "intrinsic" part of the package.

"The British people have concerns that EU migrants can come here to live and work and pay taxes, while we cannot poo in hats abroad in Europe. I must listen to those concerns, and so must our European partners."

"The time is right for a serious rethink," Cameron continued. "And that must include Britain's right to ensure we are allowed to do a poo in the hats of our good friends and neighbours."


The European Ties that Bind Us

Thursday, November 26, 2015 | 1 comments »

Someone didn't get the "Big on Big Things" memo, as MEPs call for a 'European Cravat Day'

Must have been a quiet May this year. Just the burgeoning migrant crisis to deal with, a conflict minerals law to sign off on, loans to Ukraine, and an Emissions Trading System to reform.

So plenty of time for the European Parliament to think up a new Thing-That-Hasn't-Been-Europeanised-Yet.

And they came up with....


That's right, a European Parliament document from May now made public  "calls on the Commission to establish a European Cravat Day."

Europe, it explains, "is the birthplace of the cravat", and the tie has in time "become an indispensable item of clothing, gradually winning over Europe and the whole world."

Nnnnnno. Just.... No.
"For centuries the tie was characteristic of Europeans, namely people with a European spirit and values, and has gradually become a symbol of European fashion," the MEPs reason.

And as each EU presidency traditionally unveils its own tie, the accessory "is even considered a symbol of the EU," they say.

Establishing an EU Day of the Tie will contribute to "maintaining and strengthening interpersonal links between Europeans, as well as their links with the rest of the world."

One can only postulate that this particular group of MEPs may have been wearing theirs a little too tightly...

(And that the current Greek government will be unlikely to embrace the initiative...)


(& *Hat-Tip* to anonymous, who sent through the link to the document...)