Your guide (annotated) for the coming year – POLITICO
Start of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU
The main priorities are Africa, the defense of the EU, industrial policy and the re-election of Macron.
World Economic Forum, Davos
Journalists, politicians and businessmen – some of the least reliable and least cooperative people on the planet – come together for their annual gabfest under the theme “Working Together, Restoring Trust”.
First round of the French presidential election
SPOIL ALERT! Macron and Le Pen win (again)
Second round of the French presidential election
AHEM (see above): Macron wins (again)
April / May (to be determined)
Hungarian parliamentary election
Everyone against OrbÃ¡n in the EU state alone is no longer considered a democracy by Freedom House.
World Press Freedom Day
EU celebrates press freedom loudly just days after Reporters Without Borders published its World Press Freedom Index – which in 2021 counted Hungary at 92sd and Bulgaria to 111e place in 180 countries.
On the day when millions of Europeans take to the streets waving European flags, singing the EU anthem – Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” – and quoting founding father Robert Schuman’s statement from May 9, 1950 which launched the whole European project. In the fantasies of the federalists, in any case.
Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, Turin
The real moment that brings Europeans together. Cyprus and Greece will they break the habit of their life and not give to each other twelve points? And will anyone give UK points – if they reach the grand final – after their dismal null points in 2021?
Start of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU
For the next six months, the EU will be ruled by a country whose recent leaders include President MiloÅ¡ Zeman (a struggling pro-Kremlin and anti-Islam populist who wields Kalashnikovs against journalists) and Andrej BabiÅ¡ (a man of billionaire business turned prime minister who is under investigation for allegedly embezzling millions of euros in EU funds). What could go wrong?
70th anniversary of the entry into force of the European Coal and Steel Community, which ultimately led to the creation of the EU. Also, a timely reminder that the world’s most ambitious climate bloc has been built on coal, steel and nuclear power.
World Air Guitar Championships, Oulo, Finland
From the country that brought you the world championships in women’s porterage and swamp football, ant nesting and cellphone throwing competitions, comes the annual Guitar Riff Counterfeiting Festival on the edge of the Arctic Circle. .
Swedish general election
All eyes will be on the far-right Swedish Democrats. That is to say in the eyes of all foreign journalists.
Midterm elections in the United States
A biannual event in which Europeans are obsessed with the intricacies of American domestic politics – much to the dismay of those who would have liked to do the same with European politics.
The only public holidays EU officials don’t have, which is odd because they commemorate the end of fighting between European nations.
FIFA World Cup Final
Italy wins – because they won almost everything in 2021.
the 31st of December
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30e anniversary of the dissolution of Czechoslovakia – the only time in history where the words “velvet” and “divorce” have been used in the same sentence.