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Nigel Farage wrongly compares Luxembourg to London district
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Nigel Farage wrongly compares Luxembourg to London district

09.07.2015 From our online archive
The infamous Nigel Farage, leader of Britain's right-wing UKIP political party, known for his outspoken comments, is at it again and this time Luxembourg seems to be the target.

(ADW) The infamous Nigel Farage, leader of Britain's right-wing UKIP political party, known for his outspoken comments, is at it again and this time Luxembourg seems to be the target.

The Grand Duchy officially took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1 from Latvia, something that Farage decided to have a dig at on Twitter and in the process made a spectacularly incorrect statement.

“We now have a Luxembourg Presidency of the EU Council and of the Commission. A country smaller than Croydon is running the European Union”, he bleated out from his Twitter account, an incorrect statement that the public and press quickly picked up on and ridiculed.

Croydon, a southern borough of London, couldn't really be compared to the entire country of Luxembourg in any way, shape or form.... or size for that matter. While Luxembourg occupies close to 2,586 square kilometres, Croydon is a measly 55!

If we take the absurd comparison further, the population of the Grand Duchy is about 550,000, while Croydon has just 376,000.

In fact Luxembourg, far from being “a country smaller than Croydon” is actually a country 47 times bigger than Croydon.

Sorry Nigel, back to the drawing board. Oh and by the way, holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union is not "running the European Union” , just so you know!

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