January 13, 2011
Have you seen the Hungarian Presidency carpet in the Council building in Brussels, hosting the ministers’ and EU leaders regular meetings?
Here it is, I made the photo yesterday:
The centrepiece is a map of the Habsburg empire from 1848, known at that period as Austrian empire, and later, from 1867 to 1918, as Austria-Hungary.
What I notice is that people entering the Council building always stop there and try to figure out what Hungary wants to say. Some remember that Hungary has recently adopted a citizenship law, which had sparked angry reactions in neighbouring Slovakia. Maybe Hungary dreams of other borders?
At the same time, Estonia, who adopted the euro on 1 January 2011, infuriated Russia, because on its national side of the euro coins, the country’s map depicted apparently grabs territory from its big neighbour.
Estonia commented that the reverse side of the euro coins is the painter’s artistic perception of Estonia’s borders.
Something similar was said to me by a Hungarian spokesperson regarding the Hungarian carpet map.
It’s art, guys, if you don’t understand art, you better don’t make a fool of yourselves!Georgi Gotev