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Great footnotes of our time.

The EU has put out a boilerplate denunciation of Russia's British Council-related shenanigans, which is of limited interest in itself, but the footnote tells quite a story:

"The Candidate Country Croatia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Georgia align themselves with this declaration".

The 'me too' lists are a common feature to EU communiques and so forth, but compare and contrast that with this 'me too' list on Darfur, put out on the 8th:

"The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia align themselves with this declaration".

Serbia, Armenia, Macedonia, Moldova and perhaps Ukraine can be excused for knowing full well which side the bread is buttered, and one would expect Georgia, B&H and Albania to want to stick it to Mother Russia at each and every opportunity, but why are Iceland and Liechtenstein sitting this out? Did nobody bother to ask? As to Turkey and Azerbaijan, who knows?


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Blogger Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said... 6:08 am

We were talking about the British Council business yesterday and there is more behind this than gets into the press.  



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