It may have escape the notice of some (or even all) of you but today, May 9th, is Europe Day (EU version), not be be confused with Europe Day (Council of Europe version) which was last Thursday (May 5th).
WTF, I hear you say, is Europe Day?
The EU themselves are all to happy to provide the answer:
On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations.
This proposal, known as the “Schuman declaration”, is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.
Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another.
That’s right, it is the anniversary of the day that the political project, of which the UK is now just an a regional subdivision, began.
So be a proper EU citizen and wave the blue flag with the yellow stars on it whilst reciting Friedrich Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’ (set to the final movement of Beethoven’s 9th) and remembering that you are ‘United in Diversity’.
You’ve done all that? Well done! Now, how does it feel to be a good little Soviet?