Europe according to Americans

Parody map labels the UK "Mummy", France "smelly people", and Iceland "Wikileaks".


Jason Kottke has flagged up this hilarious graphic mapping American prejudices about Europe, originally designed by Yanko Tsvetkov. Click here to see a larger version of the map, but in case you can't see in the version reproduced above, the UK is "Mummy", while Ireland is just "St Patrick". France, Spain and Portugal, meanwhile, are "smelly people", "Mexico", and "Brazil" respectively. The Netherlands and Belgium are just "Sodom" and "chocolate".

But perhaps the best gag is on the bottom right, where a certain country is labelled "Thanksgiving meal"...

You may also enjoy some of Yanko's other stereotype maps. Highlights include "Europe According to France", where the UK is down as "slayers of virgins"; "Europe According to Italy", where France is the "Bruni Empire"; and "Europe According to Britain", where the whole of the rest of Europe is just "the evil federated empire of Europe".

Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman.

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.