Why has the Eu not harmonised public holidays yet? In the UK we moan that we do not have the same number as some European countries. The irony is of course that these mainland European public holidays are a set day and do not count if they fall on a weekend. But harmonisation would be good. My wife works for the UK arm of a Spanish company, with a French holding company (go figure). So today when the rest of the UK takes a break is in Madrid for 3 days working (well being in meetings, I never considered it work just time spent not doing what I should be doing).

Now add to this that as with most UK bank holidays it is raining and we can't get out properly you will understand my frustration that the EU spends time discussing uniform cucumbers but hasn't harmonised even the basic level of working practice.