These days, watching the European politics part of the news is like going to the circus. To attend the summit on the budget of the European Union, Chirac had traded is Super Liar’s cape (1) for the costume of Pierrot, the sad clown. All we saw on TV was a sad Chirac, sad after the French No at the referendum, sad to be the most unpopular President under this constitution. But he wasn’t the only star of this humorous show. Blair, came as a magician and tried to make disappear the reasons for Great-Britain’s refusal to give up its financial advantages. Like a rabbit, he pulled the CAP out of his hat. Did any one believe that the urgent problem here is that 40 % of the budget is spent on agriculture? Was he a good enough magician to hide the fact that those 40% would become much less if the national contributions to the budget were raised over 2 % of the GDP? Obviously not, the other actors didn’t buy it and they didn’t like it either. So Super Magician Blair changed the script and explained how he would turn the reform of the CAP into a reform of the UK's EU rebate. In modern circus, even the spectators participate so Bush felt free to state with humour his worries over the unity of the European Union making everyone laugh really loud.
The best is seemingly yet to come. Today every one was calling every one egoistic, the French socialist say that Chirac is egoistic because he failed to reach an agreement; Schröder calls Blair egoistic because he feels that he’s responsible and Belka says that both of them are. Until yesterday I thought that Blair had made the greatest effort at bad humour by portraying agriculture as an anachronous activity and scientific research as a modern one, and by opposing jobs to cows. But in fact the prize of stupidity must be awarded to Villepin. Our freshly named Prime Minister was already making very promising debuts for a career in comedy and we had hopes that he would be as funny as Raffarin his predecessor. However, after the good joke of the politician that will fix unemployment in 100 days, he changed styles and showed yesterday that he could also act in scary movies by falling into the populist habits of the anti-British French discourse. In Parliament he played the detestable part of the Frenchman that will not be pushed around by the bad British hooligan, borrowing images from sports and history he tried to convince the members of Parliament that they should not worry, that our interests would be well protected. I can’t say I’m really reassured! Did Clinton’s career in Hollywood pickup yet? Might be giving bad ideas to all these guys.
(1) For all the different roles that he convincingly played over his long political career, ranging from a Thatcher fan to a Marxist, Chirac has earned himself the title Super Liar. Of course it also has something to do with his judicial problems and how he is able to argue in favour of his innocence.