Your (annotated) guide to the year ahead

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January 1

French presidency of the Council of the EU begins

Primary priorities embrace Africa, EU defense, industrial policy and getting Macron re-elected.

April 10

French presidential election first round

SPOILER ALERT! Macron and Le Pen come out on prime (once more)

April 24

French presidential election second spherical

AHEM (see above): Macron wins (once more)

April/Might (tbd)

Hungarian parliamentary election

Everyone towards Orbán in the one EU state not thought-about a democracy by Freedom Home.

Might 3

World Press Freedom Day

The EU noisily celebrates press freedom just days after Reporters Without Borders publishes its World Press Freedom Index — which in 2021 had Hungary at 92nd and Bulgaria at 111th place out of 180 nations.

Might 9

Europe Day

The day through which hundreds of thousands of Europeans take to the streets waving EU flags, singing the EU anthem — Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” — and quoting from founding father Robert Schuman’s Might 9, 1950 declaration that kicked off the whole EU challenge. In federalists’ fantasies, anyway.

Might 14

Eurovision Track Contest ultimate, Turin

The actual moment that brings Europeans together. Will Cyprus and Greece break the habit of a lifetime and not give each other douze factors? And will anyone give any points at all to the U.Okay. — if it makes the Grand Ultimate — after its dismal nul factors in 2021?

July 1

Czech presidency of the Council of the EU begins

For the subsequent six months, the EU will probably be led by a rustic whose current leaders embrace president Miloš Zeman (an ailing pro-Kremlin, anti-Islam populist who brandishes Kalashnikovs at journalists) and Andrej Babiš (a billionaire businessman turned prime minister who is beneath investigation for allegedly siphoning of tens of millions of euros of EU funds). What might probably go incorrect?

July 23

ECSC@70

70th anniversary of the entry into pressure of the European Coal and Metal Group, which finally led to the creation of the EU. Also, a timely reminder that the world’s most formidable local weather bloc was built on coal, metal and nuclear energy. &

August 22

World Air Guitar Championships, Oulo, Finland

From the nation that brought you the World Wife Carrying Championships and competitions for swamp football, ant nest sitting and mobile phone throwing, comes the annual pageant of guitar riff fakery on the edge of the Arctic Circle.

September 11

Swedish common election

All eyes can be on the far-right Sweden Democrats. All overseas journalists’ eyes that is.

November eight

U.S. mid-term elections

A biannual occasion through which Europeans obsess concerning the intricacies of American home politics — to the dismay of those who wished they did the identical about EU politics.

November 11

Armistice Day

The only vacation EU officials don’t get — which is strange since it commemorates an finish to preventing between European nations.

December 18

FIFA World Cup ultimate

Italy wins — as it gained pretty much every part in 2021.

December 31

Velvet divorce@30

30th anniversary of the dissolution of Czechoslovakia — the only time in history the phrases “velvet” and “divorce” have been uttered in the same sentence.

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