EU Commission takes heat for ‘Orwellian’ tweet ahead of elections

As Europeans put together to vote within the EU Parliament elections, the European Commission has raised some eyebrows with a tweet extolling the virtues of the union, in true George Orwell model.

“The EU is peace. The EU is freedom. The EU is solidarity. The EU is diversity. The EU is human rights. The EU is opportunities,” learn the Commission’s tweet, posted on Saturday. The message ended with a easy instruction: “Vote.”

With European Parliament elections scheduled for subsequent weekend, there are a mess of political events throughout the continent who query the fee’s 11 EU commandments.

British Euroskeptic Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is about to select up probably the most votes within the UK, beating each the Conservatives and Labour Party mixed in a single poll. In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally is edging previous pro-EU Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! occasion, whereas Italian populist Matteo Salvini has predicted a historic victory for “the politics of good sense,” and held a rally with 11 different European nationalist leaders in Milan on Saturday.

Electioneering apart, some observers famous that the fee’s “creepy” tweet bore a placing resemblance to the three slogans of the ruling occasion in George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984:’ “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.”

If the fee’s social media workforce had learn ‘1984,’ one commenter advised, they’d “understand why this tweet is creepy.” Another identified that it seemed like a message straight from the novel’s “Ministry of Truth.”

“At least you had the humility not to include ‘democracy’,” sniped commerce unionist Paul Embery.

The proven fact that the European Commission’s 28 commissioners, are unelected presumably solely strengthens the comparability. Commissioners are proposed primarily based on recommendations from nationwide governments and appointed by the European Council. Once in, they’re certain to symbolize the pursuits of the union as an entire, fairly than the pursuits of their house nations.

As it’s accountable for proposing laws, implementing coverage, imposing compliance with treaties, and representing the union in commerce talks, the EU fee has maybe the most energy of any EU physique.