Sunday, 19 May 2013

Eurovision 2013: Euro-skeptics sent clear message to Brussels

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Eurovision 2013: Euro-skeptics sent clear message to BrusselsEurovision song contest 2013 ended with Denmark and Emmelie de Forest winning this year’s festival with 281 points. Greece and KozaMostra got the 6th place, after Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Norway and Russia. The temptation is high to see a political and an economic aspect in the results: that not a single eurozone member country managed to get a high score.

The results sent a clear message to Eurozone in particular and European Union in general: Euro-scepticism is growing. It’s not a coincidence that Germany with its authoritarian finance policies landed on the 21st place, is it?

Alcohol is NOT free
Greece’s participation Koza Mostra could certainly have received a much higher score, had the group modified its song title “Alcohol is free” into “Alcohol has 23% Value Added Tax”.
The title was misleading as it implied that growth, development and prosperity finally prevailed in the debt-ridden country. I’m sure Koza Mostra would have drawn the endless sympathy of millions of  eurovision-voters had it name the things as they are.Third bailout?
While watching the tense moments of voting results announcement last night, I have to admit that many Greeks were scared to death. Hearing the presenter announcing that countries like San Marino and Cyprus gave 12 points to Greece, or Albania and Russian gave 10 points… well.. for several moments I personally had a eurovision-win nightmare scenario: That
Greece would need a third bailout to come up with the organization of Eurovision 2014.
But at the end the real euro-skeptics won, and we got home with 152 points. And yes, indeed, we escaped the torture of a third bailout.
PS No, the Greek Tourism Agency did not issue a correction press release, saying something like “Attention tourists! Alcohol is NOT free in Greece!” Neither did the government issued any statement declaring “the 6th place definitely shows Greece moves forward against all odds of misery, Grexit etc etc”

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