Where It All Began!

Our very first cartoon, published on January 21st 2015 in the wake of the tragic events in Paris that left us all shocked. The attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices left its mark on all of us. It taught us the power of political illustration, and left us with a resolve to never be cowed into submission by the forces of evil.

The cartoon, by Chris Malapatin, appeared alongside an article entitled "Have Al-Qaeda handed Marine Le Pen the French Presidency?" is based on “Liberty Leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix (1830).

The far-right has been capitalizing on anti-Muslim sentiment that it has itself often helped to stoke up. Marine Le Pen's Front Nationale won the European elections in France, as did the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in Britain. Both campaigned mainly on issues surrounding immigration, and Islam in particular.

The cartoon displays a little more modesty in that Mme Le Pen's breasts are not depicted bared as in the original - we felt that this might be construed as unnecessarily offensive. The little man to her right is obviously Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, who currently attracts a great deal of media attention in the British press, with his party membership constantly facing allegations, individually and collectively, of racism.

Cameron Takes Centre Stage

Poor old David Cameron was maneuvered into having to commit to a referendum on Britain's continued membership of the EU. Of course, many remember his "cast-iron guarantee" of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. That was quietly forgotten as soon as the elections were out of the way.

Will he, or his successor after the May general election, deliver? We shall see...

The cartoon is a play on the old Clash song  Should I Stay or Should I Go, but the image owes more to Joe Strummer as he appeared in the video of Tommy Gun. 

It was first published on February 22nd 2015 alongside the article UK: Should We Stay Or Should We Go?


We had such a good response, that it reappeared on March 16th alongside Cameron's Renegotiation "Mission Impossible" Says Tusk. 


Collaborator? Moi?

EU today has been offered money to place what can only be described as blatant propaganda in support of Russia. We have always refused, but we are aware of other Brussels based journals that have taken the Kremlin's shilling (or Euro, as the case may be).

Our editorial line is strongly supportive of a vision of a peaceful and democratic Europe, existing in harmony and friendship with our neighbours in what is becoming a post-Westphalian world. Others see things differently...

Our third cartoon carries a strong message. Published on March 28th alongside the article Everything Comes At A Price, Mr Putin. it will certainly make us some enemies in Brussels and beyond.