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The European Union flag in cartoons

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Euro-interrogation flag (2005)

[Euro-interrogative flag]

Euro-interroagation flag as shown in a cartoon - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 September 2005

In The Times (London), 20 May 2005, there is a report of the meeting of Presidents Chirac of France and Kwasniewski of Poland and Chancellor Schröder of Germany in Nancy to encourage support for a "yes" vote in the French referendum on the proposed European Constitution.
The headline reads "The post-no scenarios: what will happen in France and in Europe if the French electorate reject the Constitution on 29 May?"; there is a cartoon showing the European Union flag with the stars replaced by question marks.

Anfré Coutanche & , 17 September 2006


Euro-skepticism flag (2005)

[Euro-skepticism flag]

Euro-skepticism flag as shown in a cartoon - Image by Jorge Candeias, 20 October 2005

The Economist, 21 May 2005, has an article entitled "Open Wider: a survey of international banking" in a section titled "A blurred euro-vision" about how slow and imperfect is the European banking integration according to the articulist.
The article is illustrated by a cartoon showing a flag repeating the overall design of the European flag, with the blue field and the yellow ring of elements, replacing the stars by arrows pointing outwards, away from the center, instantly creating a sense of disunion.

António Teixeira & Jorge Candeias, 20 October 2005


Paranoid European Union flag (2002)

[Paranoid flag]

Paranoid European Union flag as shown in a cartoon - Image by Jorge Candeias, 2 February 2006

The Público newspaper of 22 August 2002 published an article about a Danish proposal that would give the European Union the power to store a register of all electronic communications of its citizens for at least a 1-year period.
This article was illustrated by a black and white cartoon by Cristina Sampaio, yet another variation of the European flag to express a political perspective, this time that of an Orwellian, paranoid European Union. It is the normal European flag, only that on each of the stars there is the drawing of an eye. The Big European Brother is watching you, says this flag.
On the image shown above, I am assuming that the colours are those of the European flag and that the eyes are drawn in blue.

Jorge Candeias, 2 February 2006


Austrian anti-European flag (2000)

[Austrian anti-EU flag]

Anti-European flag as shown in a cartoon - Image by António Martins, 26 August 2003

A red flag with a ring of 12 black stars on a white disc was used in political cartoons expressing pressure on European Union instances in favour of coaction measures against the government of Austria, ruled by a coalition including Jörg Haider's extreme right party FPÖ.

António Martins, 26 August 2003