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IN Jan­uary, Es­to­nia joined the euro – thus edg­ing Lem­bit Opik off the top of that un­happy coun­try’s “Great­est Re­gret” list.

And 2011 will go down as the year that the Euro­pean Union went crit­i­cal and be­gan to im­plode un­der the weight of its own folly.

Helped by Greece’s re­laxed at­ti­tude to fis­cal pro­bity, Italy’s crim­i­nal dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Ir­ish get­ting drunk enough to be­lieve they could be an eco­nomic su­per­power, the sin­gle currency has de­liv­ered a crit­i­cal blow to the fan­ci­ful dreams of the men who wrote the Treaty of Rome.

All the while, the French at­tempt to suck up to the Ger­mans – try­ing to ig­nore the fact they trem­ble ev­ery night at the prospect of les Boches on the march – and am­bi­tious minds in Ber­lin plot an­other lem­ming-like lunge for world dom­i­na­tion.

The an­them of the Euro­pean Union is the “Ode to Joy” – sing it loud!

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