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An honours system? Yes, let's have one


IMAGINE if everyone praised France's presidency of the European Union as the "the best ever experienced". You could bet that those responsible for the achievement would be summoned to the Elysee Palace and awarded the Legion of Honour or other topic French state awards.

Or if Italy's European presidency, instead of being an international laughing stock had been an outstanding success, you'd find the people behind it quickly summoned to the Quirinal Palace so that the Italian President could honour them with Italian state awards. Ditto in Germany, Portugal, Poland, the Czech Republic and every other country in Europe.

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