THE EU has been humiliated after its leaders, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, deliberately ignored the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, remaining silent while other world leaders paid tribute to Her Majesty.
The move, according to British commentator Nile Gardiner, is a “demonstration” of the EU’s “pettiness and small-mindedness.” It “speaks volumes about the nastiness of many of the EU elites,” he told Express.co.uk. Meanwhile, former MEP Ben Habib called it a “snub” in diplomatic circles that “would not have gone unnoticed.”
He claimed that Ms von der Leyens’ failure to congratulate the UK reflected “how the EU sees the United Kingdom,” and that the EU “wishes to undermine” British unity.
Leaders from around the world paid tribute to the 96-year-old monarch’s 70-year reign.
Former President Barack Obama and US President Joe Biden both sent video messages to the Queen, wishing her a “joyful” celebration.
Even French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his “heartfelt congratulations” to the Queen.
During the Jubilee weekend, however, both Ms von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Mr Michel, President of the European Council, remained silent.
The historic occasion was also not mentioned on the European Commission’s official Twitter account.
Speaking about the bloc’s failure to mention the Jubilee, Mr Gardiner – a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher – told Express.co.uk: “It is absolutely appalling that the European Union has not congratulated the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee.
“This is a demonstration of the pettiness and small-mindedness of the ruling EU elites.
“They cannot even bring themselves to send a message of congratulations to a 96-year-old monarch who has been on the throne for 70 years.
“The vindictiveness and the spite of some in the EU is simply breathtaking to behold.
“I think the celebrations have been a huge triumph for Great Britain – it is a historic moment and a demonstration of Britain at its very best and across the world.
“The vast majority of leaders have sent their congratulations and expressed their admiration for Britain.
“But in Brussels, EU chiefs cannot even bring themselves to recognise the immense achievement of the Queen and the significance of this historic moment for the British people and this speaks volumes about the nastiness of many of the EU elites.
“They clearly resent Britain’s success and no doubt secretly envy the achievements of the British people.”