Eurovision 2016 – As no further statement appears from Eurovision HQ, fans ares still not nearer knowing what the flag policy is for this year’s contest. In the meantime the Spanish government and UK politicians have involved themselves angrily in the row.
“It is a constitutional, legal and legitimate flag and the Spanish government will defend it whenever needed,” Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting on Friday, in response to the Basque flag appearing on the list to be banned.
Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, spoke to Spain’s ambassador in Sweden “so that he could immediately tell the organisation that it is a constitutional flag and cannot be in that list,” a ministry spokeswoman told AFP.\
The row has also made the UK media which is in the throes of an EU referendum…
The UK Conservative Member of Parliament Philip Davies said: “It seems the only thing you can get away with Europe is being a Europe fanatic.”
For an organisation that doesn’t want to be political, they sure have managed to stir things up in several countries.