January 13, 2012
The Danes said they will conduct a low-cost presidency. I think they made a very good point. Showing up in times of crisis is bad taste.
But I think the Danes had one more message to deliver: they wanted to send a message to Sarkozy, the bling-bling President who offers Dupont fountain pens and Hermes handbags to other heads of state and government.
What Sarkozy is going to get from the Danes is only an alarm clock, at the unit price of 90 euro.
It looks much cheaper if you look at it, but it’s Danish design from 1939 by Arne Jakobsen, a booklet explains.
Anyway. The Danes have an issue with Sarkozy, because reportedly he offended their Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the 9 December summit, basically telling her to shut up, because her country is not in the eurzone, and because she is new. Thorsten-Schmidt won the elections last September as leader of the Social Democrat party.
Sarkozy too has elections in April-May. From what I heard, the Danes were wishing him retirement from political life. The Dane who showed me this alarm clock told me: the clock is ticking for Sarkozy.