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The European Union flag in cartoons

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Cartoons by Vasco Gargalo (2005)

The Portuguese freelance cartoonist and illustrator Vasco Gargalo (b. 1977; home page, Cartoon Movement platform) featured a flag vertically divided (2:1:1) blue with a ring of 12 stars-white-red in three cartoons connected to elections held in the Netherlands and France in spring 2017.


Euro-Dutch flag as shown in Gargalo's cartoon - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 June 2017

"Elections Results, Netherlands, 15 May 2017" (image)
The victory of the pro-EU party VVD in the general elections against the populist PVV, advocate of withdrawal from EU, is represented by a modified Dutch flag, horizontally divided red-white-EU (1:1:2).


Euro-French flag as shown in Gargalo's cartoon - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 June 2017

"Second round Le Pen, French presidential election, 24 April 2017" (image)
The progress of Marine Le Pen, advocate of a "Frexit", to the second round, is represented by Marine Le Pen setting fire to a modified French flag, vertically divided EU-white-red (2:1:1). The flame is modelled on the logo of her party, the Front National.

"Elections in France, New President, 8 May 2017" (image)
The result of the presidential election is represented by Emmanuel Macron hoisting the very same flag.

Ivan Sache, 7 June 2017

Euro-interrogation flag (2005)


Euro-interrogation flag as shown in a cartoon - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 September 2005

In The Times (London), 20 May 2005, there is a report of the meeting of Presidents Chirac of France and Kwasniewski of Poland and Chancellor Schröder of Germany in Nancy to encourage support for a "yes" vote in the French referendum on the proposed European Constitution.
The headline reads "The post-no scenarios: what will happen in France and in Europe if the French electorate reject the Constitution on 29 May?"; there is a cartoon showing the European Union flag with the stars replaced by question marks.

Anfré Coutanche & Ivan Sache, 17 September 2006

Euro-skepticism flag (2005)


Euro-skepticism flag as shown in a cartoon - Image by Jorge Candeias, 20 October 2005

The Economist, 21 May 2005, has an article entitled "Open Wider: a survey of international banking" in a section titled "A blurred euro-vision" about how slow and imperfect is the European banking integration according to the articulist.
The article is illustrated by a cartoon showing a flag repeating the overall design of the European flag, with the blue field and the yellow ring of elements, replacing the stars by arrows pointing outwards, away from the center, instantly creating a sense of disunion.

António Teixeira & Jorge Candeias, 20 October 2005

Paranoid European Union flag (2002)


Paranoid European Union flag as shown in a cartoon - Image by Jorge Candeias, 2 February 2006

The Público newspaper of 22 August 2002 published an article about a Danish proposal that would give the European Union the power to store a register of all electronic communications of its citizens for at least a 1-year period.
This article was illustrated by a black and white cartoon by Cristina Sampaio, yet another variation of the European flag to express a political perspective, this time that of an Orwellian, paranoid European Union. It is the normal European flag, only that on each of the stars there is the drawing of an eye. The Big European Brother is watching you, says this flag.
On the image shown above, I am assuming that the colours are those of the European flag and that the eyes are drawn in blue.

Jorge Candeias, 2 February 2006

Austrian anti-European flag (2000)


Anti-European flag as shown in a cartoon - Image by António Martins, 26 August 2003

A red flag with a ring of 12 black stars on a white disc was used in political cartoons expressing pressure on European Union instances in favour of coaction measures against the government of Austria, ruled by a coalition including Jörg Haider's extreme right party FPÖ.

António Martins, 26 August 2003

In 2010, the same flag appeared in France, at the website of a "National Campaign against a Totalitarian Europe"(Campagne nationale contre l'Europe Totalitaire). Next year, an analysis of French "Europhobic" political tendencies was published, the text having been illustrated with the same flag image.

Tomislav Todorović, 19 July 2013