By Gaia Lisi
The MUN Gossip Girl brings you back to the past with some juicy gossip to report right from the League of Nations. Nationalist Portugal decided to leave the side of Poland and let the democratic UK land on its soft shore. Who would have thought that the tensions between nationalism and liberalism could be solved like this? Or is it a convoluted strategy to ultimately win one country over to the other side? Only time will tell.
The clock keeps ticking on. With tension rising after the announcement that some members of the League of Nations boycotted the Berlin Olympics in 1936, some alliances seem not to be as strong as Poland and the UK. Split into four different blocs, the League of Nations has never been so divided. After the invasion of nationalist forces in Spain, Communist powers, Fascist states, neutral countries and democracies seem to content themselves on the extent of an intervention of the international community. This seems to have led to a failed marriage between Fascist and Communist states, to which the delegate of the United Kingdom seems to have found the solution: Move to Liberalism. In the meantime, the Balkan states of Greece, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Poland have officially joined the sentiment of love and have created a bloc to tackle increasing radicalization in Europe. As much as these solutions may be arguable, this sentiment of love in the League clashes with all the finger-pointing in the past two days of debates. Will this sentiment continue in the following days of debate?
A big absent is the delegate of the German Empire. His drastic withdrawal from the League of Nations speaks volumes and puts a somber shadow on the romantic sentiment rising amongst the members of the League.
Best quotes of the day:
Italy: ‘Chairs, sorry but I need a coffee’
Greece: ‘Thank you, delegate of the United Kingdom, but have you lost your bloody mind?’
‘Can I propose a motion about starting a new world war in Europe?’
‘When there is a failed marriage between countries, one goes to a third party. There is a failed marriage between Fascism and Communism. You should come to the Liberals.’
‘In democracy you cannot tell people what to do, not like in Germany.’
Mexico: ‘Isn’t the coffee break in two minutes?’
Chair: ‘Mexico, you do not live in a different time zone than us.’