There goes the neighbourhood; a Czech artist has removed from show his map of Europe in stereotype. It has been hanging in the atrium of the European Council headquarters in Brussels since the start of the Czech Republic EU presidency in January.
David Cerny said this is because he objects to change in government back home, after a parliamentary confidence vote: “For me the Czech Presidency basically ended the moment the government was ‘de-installed’ in this way and I don’t want to collaborate with the new government, which is actually put together with old communists. The newly-named prime minister is — used to be — a member of the communist party.” On Tuesday Prime Minister Jan Fischer will make his first official trip to Brussels since taking office. It is up in the air whether he or President Vaclav Klaus will lead the summit closing the EU presidency in June. After Cerny’s official artwork presidency sparked controversy, the artist waived his fee, so he is free to take it, a Prague official said. With tongue-in-cheek artistic license, the work ‘Entropa’ attributed national characteristics to the 27 EU member states. It attracted unusually large crowds.