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 Post subject: Reunited
PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2004 12:45 pm 
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From AP --<p>BRUSSELS, Belgium - European Union leaders agreed Friday on the first constitution for the reunited continent, spelling out the voting system and nations' rights for the bloc's 25 members but keeping out any reference to God, officials said. <p>———<p>I understand the former Soviet bloc nations are included, but "reunited"? Europe's always been Europe, but when was it ever united? Just wondering.


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 Post subject: Re: Reunited
PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2004 12:49 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Ray Coniglio:
I understand the former Soviet bloc nations are included, but "reunited"? Europe's always been Europe, but when was it ever united? Just wondering.<hr></blockquote><p>Good point. The Caesars, Hitler and Stalin, among others, all failed. <p>Maybe this was a reference to continental drift.


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 Post subject: Re: Reunited
PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2004 12:57 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Ray Coniglio:
From AP --<p>
I understand the former Soviet bloc nations are included, but "reunited"? Europe's always been Europe, but when was it ever united? Just wondering.
<hr></blockquote><p>Even then no former Soviet republics are included, just central European states which if they were ever united, were only so-collected under duress and in the sense of pulling the apron strings of Mother Russia.<p>Speaking of continental drift, why is it that post-1989/1991 eastern Europe became "central Europe"? Is it just that the term "eastern" was used pejoratively (and in a quasi-racist manner) to indicate "otherness"?<p>Returning to the point, perhaps the reporter in question was referring to the Holy Roman Empire? Was this from the Vatican newspaper? They think in centuries, I'm told...<p>J...<p>[ June 22, 2004: Message edited by: Jason Walsh ]</p>


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