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EU would outperform China & US if European athletes mixed Olympic wins, firebrand MEP Verhofstadt argues

EU would outperform China & US if European athletes combined Olympic wins, firebrand MEP Verhofstadt argues


Belgian MEP Man Verhofstadt has been bombarded with disapproving tweets after suggesting the EU might sweep the Olympics if European athletes competed for the bloc and mixed their medals.

The previous European Parliament Brexit chief mused on Thursday that the EU would dominate the worldwide video games if Olympians from throughout the bloc shared their success with Brussels.

“Enjoyable truth: EU mixed has extra gold medals than US or China #TokyoOlympics I’d like to see the EU flag subsequent to the nationwide on athletes’ garments. Our id is layered – we’re proud Italians, Latvians, Germans, Slovenians… and Europeans. Our sports activities ought to replicate that !” Verhofstadt tweeted.

However his modest proposal wasn’t precisely a crowd-pleaser. 

Many have been fast to level out that Verhofstadt was attempting to have it each methods: by permitting EU states to compete individually but additionally as a bloc, the union would have an enormous pool of athletes that it might use to rack up its medal rely. 

“Nice concept, you may be the one to inform hundreds of athletes they haven’t certified as there is just one EU Olympic staff, not 27 nationwide groups (the actual motive the cumulative complete is excessive),” learn one snarky reply.

Pointing to the identical discrepancy, quite a few others questioned the veracity of Verhofstadt’s boast. 

At the very least one Twitter consumer was very happy to brag about how post-Brexit Britain was outperforming the entire prime EU member states.

Others claimed that Verhofstadt was advocating for a European superstate. The interpretation acquired pushback from those that famous that the MEP was acknowledging nationwide in addition to European id.

One reply joked that perhaps NATO ought to tally its gold medals. 

Regardless of the criticisms, there have been nonetheless some who absolutely supported the Belgian politician’s concept. 

Verhofstadt is thought for his zealous advocacy for EU federalism. He made headlines together with his often-provocative feedback about Britain’s profitable referendum to depart the bloc in 2016. Lately he has taken purpose at Hungary for its stance on LGBTQ points, warning that the EU “has a dictatorship rising within it.”

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