For the sixth time in row spring will not be only a season of blossoming flowers but also a time when students all over the world can get to know more about the European Union. Spring Day for Europe, the event organised by European Commission in cooperation with the European Parliament and other EU institutions, runs this year between 25 March and 30 June. Spring Day for Europe is an annual event open to all schools in Europe as well as in the rest of the world. During this time schools are encouraged to organise events that could help students understand better how the EU and its institutions work. Teachers and pupils discuss EU issues and share their own opinions and visions about Europe.You may have notice that I've enlarged a certain section of the above text. That section immediately caused my blood to boil. The EU is a political matter and teachers should not under any bloody circumstance "Share their opinions and visions" with students.
European Parliament Vice President, Mr Alejo Vidal-Quadras says that event is very important:
"European integration needs symbols and references. The celebration of the Spring Day for Europe has become a significant date for all European young people. This year in particular the theme ‘Bridging cultures through dialogue’ is an invitation to reflect our cultural diversity as an element of enrichment of our common project."Are these the same symbols removed from the Lisbon Treaty to make it more palatable?
I don't know if it is just me, but this has the hallmarks of a Mel Brooks production:
"Spring Day for Merkel and Sarkozy" Come on everybody, sing along!