One could be forgiven for writing off Denmark’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest on May 18th as something of an irrelevance, given the more newsworthy occurrences affecting the continent at present. But while the European project – at the behest of the EU – is currently being undertaken overwhelmingly on an economic footing, the annual Eurovision carnival again proved its worth as the pan-European cultural event par excellence. In the process it illuminated the sorts of continental trends that simply cannot be expressed in the crude terms of institutional European politics.

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