JOY OF THE YEAR
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!