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Denmark and the EU Council: The blabla Presidency has started

What restores confidence and faith in the EU? What motivates citizens to become involved, to care, to listen to what EU politics can bring to them? The Danish Presidency has given its first answer:

By making lame PR videos with soft colours, soft background music and a lot of soft blabla.

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How much this is blabla is clear already when looking at the absolute lack of substance of the talk in the video. But how much this is useless you see even better when trying to turn the text to the opposite. 90% of the negative is so utterly stupid that the positive can’t have any concrete meaning:

Europe is facing no challenges at all. The least important task is to get out the economic crisis or to create the foundation for future growth and jobs. At the same time, Europe should ignore to deal with important cross-border issues in relation to energy, environment, and safety. We do not need a Europe prepared for tomorrow, divided we can ignore the challenges. We need an irresponsible Europe.

We must ensure an irresponsible European economy, so that Europe can continue the crisis and derail totally. The economic rules should not be effectively implemented, so that financial markets’ continue their distrust in European economies. And we need an outdated and irresponsible budget for the EU up until 2020.

We need a more lethargic Europe.

We need to foster European decay. One of the EU’s greatest failures is the internal market. By ignoring its unexplored potential we can create a more lethargic European economy with less jobs and through new trade barriers we will seek new global market obstructions for European businesses.

We need a polluted Europe.

The EU has developed a lame policy on energy and climate issues and is lagging behind on a global stage. We must maintain our position blocking new initiatives in areas such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. We must create a brown decline.

We need an unsafe Europe.

In a globalised world, uncoordinated European efforts are needed to threaten the safety and freedom of our citizens. Terrorism and cross border crime must be effectively supported. Our borders must be catastrophically managed and we definitely do not need a well-functioning European asylum system. Through a weakened common foreign policy, Europe will project a weak voice on a global scene.

Holding the EU presidency, Denmark fears to contributing to a unified and strengthened Europe. We will work against concrete results that could benefit European citizens. Results that could bring Europe forward. Divided, we can ensure an irresponsible Europe. A lethargic Europe. A brown Europe. An unsafe Europe. Divided, we can fail and get back yesterday’s Europe.

And if this is not enough for you, why not read a pseudo-journalistic interview the EU Council press web team (i.e. EU officials, not journalists) have done with Helle Thorning-Schmidt (i.e. probably her press team) that reuses many of the text elements of the video.

Welcome, blabla Presidency!

9 Responses to Denmark and the EU Council: The blabla Presidency has started

  1. avatar NK says:

    Awesome, they’re staying the course, I love it!
    The only hope for citizens of the union is that the union falls apart and that countries return to liberal capitalism.
    Which is impossible, but that’s precisely why the EU is doomed.

  2. avatar Ralf Grahn says:

    All right, Ronny, you’ve had your fun, but how do you realistically propose for relay team member Denmark (and others) to perform the duties of the presidency of the Council of the European Union?

  3. avatar Sverre says:

    What I find most fascinating about the video is that you can trust a female prime minister to read meaningless generalities, but it takes a male voice actor to give credibility to words about the economy.

  4. avatar Ronny Patz says:


    My proposal for the Presidency on how to perform its duties when it comes to PR: Talk about what is actually going to happen in the Council in the months of your presidency, how you are going to leave your mark on the agenda, which of these issues face difficulties for what reasons – and all this in plain but open language, thereby helping to make the concrete work of the Council and of the legislative processes at EU level better understandable.

    PR videos that have no meaning are a waste of public money and public time. They are thus things that are definitely not part of the duties of a Council presidency.

  5. avatar David says:

    Twenty years ago, the Danes said No in a referendum on the Maastricht treaty because it was bureaucratic and non-democratic. Referendums were then stopped.

    Today we have all the important budget discussions held in private among the Parliament, Commission and Council plus the secret European Council and the ultra-secret EuroGroup. Taxation and spending of taxpayers’ money are still not supervised by public observers or the press, whether the 2012 budget or the Trillion euro 2013-20 multiannual Financial Framework. (No taxation without representation means open representation and published debate of the ‘representatives’.) All discussions about raising a trillion euro loan using a company in what everyone used to call a tax haven in Luxembourg are secret. The finance ministers are now employees of a secret tax haven company!

    Is this all good stuff now?

    DANES, WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH YOU? How about opening the doors to the public and the press? Or would that be like intruding on a private family meeting in, say, Sicily?

  6. avatar Ralf Grahn says:

    @Ronny Thank you for your viewpoints, which I broadly share, although I would be more forgiving about a fairly bland and ordinary opening to the new year and Council presidency.

    @David If you mean the lack of accountable and open European level democracy, we have much in common. Neither the treaty form nor national referenda are answers to the fundamental problems from the viewpoint of EU citizens.

  7. avatar David says:

    @Ralf Grahn The worrying thing is the decline of the rule of law and the increase in abuse now involving multi-trillion euros — many times the entire annual EU budget. Article 15 requires open government but this is thrown in the bin in practice. If there is no public control of the system which wastes hundreds of billions of euros shoring up the clique of politicians and their mistakes and corruption then the EU will get deeper into trouble until the political cartel breaks itself. Will the Luxembourg Facility/ company then declare itself bankrupt? As I wrote in my last piece on the euro, euro8, the forces against the euro are enormous. The hot, Over the Counter (OTC) money amounts to over 700 trillion dollars. My analysis is that the euro will fail and a new currency will have to be built on more solid supranational and democratic lines. Unfortunately most politicians seem to think they can continue making bets against the big bucks, when the present monetary foundation is cancerous and incurable. The root cause has been festering for forty years.

  8. avatar Ralf Grahn says:

    @David The lack of democratic and accountable government at the same level as the issues is a huge problem.

    Here is a link to an article I wrote mid-December, now published in New Europe:

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