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Testing the EU's freedom of expression

Did the 'EUSSR' tamper with Czech art exhibit? :: Bruno Waterfield in Brussels

The legends and mystique surrounding the Czech art controversy just will not go away. The latest story has it that lego bricks were added to the Denmark exhibit to remove an incendiary resemblance to the Prophet Mohammed.

David Černý, the artist behind the whole thing, spoke about the EU's (or should it be the EUSSR) sense of humour failure.

"If we are not able to look at ourselves with fun or taking ourselves so seriously then we going back to the past of the Iron Curtain again, not being able to speak or have freedom. During Communism the only thing that was really forbidden by the state, bureaucracy and government was humour. If we unable to have fun about ourselves, you could say Europe is going back to that."

Complaints about the installation were discussed on Wednesday afternoon by Coreper - the EU's powerful and secretive committee of national "permanent representatives".

Milena Vicenová, the Czech Permanent Representative, told Coreper that the issue was one of principle.

"Having spent 50 years behind the Iron Curtain we appreciate freedom of expression," she said (roughly).

Is that a rough translation or does it mean she told them robustly? I hope the latter because it is about time someone dropped a few Fs on them.


What a waste of everyone's time and EU taxpayers' money.

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