Prime Minister Donald Tusk last week became the first EU leader to declare that he will not be attending the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games this summer. So what is he expecting from the rest of us – a gold medal?
The EU representation at the opening ceremony is going to be patchy: UK’s PM Gordon Brown has declared that he will be going – while Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared that she will not. In fact, the Guardian puts it thus:
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, yesterday became the first world leader to decide not to attend the Olympics in Beijing... [...] Donald Tusk, Poland's prime minister, became the first EU head of government to announce a boycott on Thursday and he was promptly joined by President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic, who had previously promised to travel to Beijing.
I bet Tusk is smarting that he is only the first ‘EU head of government’ to boycott, while Merkel is the first ‘world leader’.
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