But EEC anno 1978 and EU anno 2014 are two quite different issues and certainly not less controversial.
The majority in the Parliament is pro-EU and the most dominant party in the current government coalition is very pro-EU. And last but by no means least, our PM had a career in EU before she became chairman of her party back in Denmark and later on became Prime Minister. When
the governemt lose the next election (despite the opposition trying to help the government by being as clumsy as possible
One prominent member spoke out about an issue that is politically absolutely lethal yesterday...
) then I, and I dare say many more, am absolutely convinced she will return home to EU where a nice little post will be waiting for her.
So yes, the DRF being seen endorsing or rather sharing their positive aura on this topic is absolutely something the government likes to see.
So I think it's very safe to say that the government has made sure that the DRF has been asked to be patrons of FIDE and that the government has "recommended" that they accept.
Apart from that FIDE is
The latest public figure which is a number of years old, states that 60 % of the legislation passed in the Danish Parliament is directly derived from, or being implemented on behalf of EU. - So the notion of Denmark being an independent country is long gone. We are not even a part of a kind of confederacy anymore. We are a member of a union, with the supreme power being the EU Parliament backed up by the EU Court.
But that is rarely covered by the media, certainly not here in DK. The press believing that's not of particular interest to the public - or more omniously, the public ought not know...
Don't get me wrong, the left side of my brain, the rational side, is in favour of EU, because I believe that the alternative to EU are twenty armoured divisions in Central Europe just standing around waiting for the next war. But I believe we have gone too far, too soon. EU ought to have remained a kind of confederacy, simply because Europe just isn't homogeneous enough yet.
Parts of EU can certainly form a union and with advantageous results, but quite a number of countries still need time to assimillate and get up to standard.
The right side of my brain is very national.
Well, that's of course very much a political issue and I realise that others will disagree. But for example Americans out there are certainly not alone in believing that a central federal government is somewhat detached from parts of the population and in believing that the politicians in the central federal government do not necessarily act in the interest of all. That is also an issue here in Europe.
A long explanation I know, but necessary to understand why Frederik and the DRF may, repeat may, get some heat later on from this.