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Czech EU art stokes controversy

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A new art installation going on display at the European Council building in Brussels has angered EU members with its lampoons of national stereotypes.

The Czech Republic, which holds the EU presidency, thought it had commissioned work from 27 European artists.

But it turned out to have been entirely completed by Czech artist David Cerny. Speaking to the BBC, Mr Cerny explained where his inspiration for the work had come from and if the aim of the hoax, to see whether Europe could laugh at itself, had worked or not.

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