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De EU wordt zestig (60).

Da’s best oud.

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Ik heb elders uitgelegd dat bejaarden niet teveel moeten vieren.

Er zullen talloze artikelen geschreven worden over dit geweldige verjaarspartijtje.

Ik heb er eentje gekozen.

Wij blijven niet lang.

Wij gaan vroeg naar huis.

We zijn gewoon niet echt in een feeststemming.

(Ik moet nog rijden en die kleine moet op tijd naar bed).

Politico: It’s the EU’s birthday. Here’s what the papers are saying.

EU Barbed Wire Flag

France: Le Figaro columnist Natacha Polony lambasted Europe’s leaders for failing to accept that their “promised land of prosperity has turned into a nightmare of mass unemployment and deindustrialization.” She reserved her strongest criticism for Europe’s current leadership: “To celebrate 60 years of the Treaty of Rome, our governments have almost unanimously reelected the dashing Donald Tusk, the incarnation of this treachery. This liberal Atlanticist Pole, a sworn enemy of our Russian ‘foe,’ doesn’t speak French and barely manages English. It’s just not useful in today’s Europe. It’s enough for him to speak German, to subscribe to Angela Merkel’s ordoliberalism and to think he is duty-bound to impose it” on anyone who might dare to imagine an alternative model.

Gewoon vroeg weg gaan.
Verzin een lulsmoes.

BOB met sleutel

Germany: Meanwhile, Die Zeit columnist Thomas Mayer mulled over the possibility of the Union’s end within his lifetime. He criticized generations of politicians for disregarding the aims of the Treaty of Rome — intertwining peace, freedom, democracy and the rule of law — in favor of an “ever closer union” for its own sake. On the prospect of multispeed Europe, Mayer wrote: “I fear that this solution won’t be seriously carried out. In all truthfulness, we must admit that the currency union can only function for a much smaller and more homogenous group of member states. The same goes for the Schengen agreement. Both projects must be scaled back.”

Even langs de FEBO.
Voor het donker thuis.

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The Netherlands: Mark Peeperkorn wondered in De Volkskrant whether the statement European leaders will make in Rome will be enough to show that “member states still love the EU, 60 years after the Treaty of Rome.” It is an important question, he argued, “now that the Union is under attack from within and from the outside.” Similarities “between Saturday’s statement and the declaration made by member states in 2007 to commemorate the Treaty’s 50th anniversary are “striking,” the columnist added. The EU faces the same challenges as it did then: terrorism, organized crime, illegal migration. And the final sentence of both statements has remained unchanged: “Europe is our common future.”

Dat wordt een latertje voor Mark.
Die gaat blijven plakken en met een taxi naar huis.
(Als een balletje red.)

Belgium: In a column for Belgian daily Le Soir, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel insisted that the anniversary marks a “turning point.” In a world where the “old certainties have disappeared,” Gabriel wrote, “no country in Europe, not even Germany, can succeed alone anymore.” Identifying the need to reinforce security and defense, further harmonize the internal market and develop the “European project’s social dimension,” he concluded with a call to arms: “Let’s get to work, we are committed to Europe, we want to do better! We will succeed if we do not let fear triumph.”

Sigmar is vroeg begonnen met drinken.

Feestmutsen op voor Belgique et Hollande.

EU Party Hat

Luxembourg: In a column for Le Quotidien, journalist Nicholas Klein quoted French statesman Pierre Mendès France, who warned that democracy would be eroded by technocratic institutions operating outside of national politics, several months before the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The former Resistance fighter, minister and president of the Council had anticipated “Europe’s democratic deficit, its absence of democratic legitimacy” by seeing that the market would “exert a political power” in the name of a “healthy economy,” Klein argued. “It is easy to say today that the abyss between European technocracy and its citizens was predictable,” Klein wrote. “The worm was in the fruit from the beginning, and no one listened to Pierre Mendès France.”

Nicholas heeft weinig zin in een feestje.
Hij moet nog rijden.
En die kleine moet op tijd naar bed.