Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Cartoon Map of European Union Dissolution

When I was I remember asking a British immigrant in America what it was like being an European living in the United States. The Brit snapped back with the reply "I am not an European!" That confused me immensely as I had always learned that the island of Great Britain was in Europe and therefore everyone there was European. What the immigrant was saying was not that she was a different continent but did not consider herself or the United Kingdom as part of the European nation as manifested by the European Union.

A new cartoon map featured in this week's Economist features a map with Greece and several other countries being physically separated from the European continent. The cartoon is commenting about fears that Greece may be removed from the European Union and/or the Eurozone (countries that use the Euro) because of its very poor economy and horrible government mismanagement. The Economist believes that if Greece is given the boot, other countries with poor economies (i.e. Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania) may also eventually be given the removed from the European Union. The next step, the fear goes, is that some countries long weary of greater European integration may use the purgings as an opportunity to leave the Union. The Economist fears that these events, starting with the loss of Greece, would kill the European Union and destroy "Europe."

4 comments:

Confini amministrativi - Riigipiirid - Political borders - 国境 - 边界 said...

If such a map will become true, it will open a window for a further glory of Italy.
Italy (but also Spain, Portugal and Greece) is in the suburb of geographic continent and, at the same time, lies in the centre of Mediterranean Sea.
Down the ages of history, Italian politic had had a kind of world relevance in 3 cases:
Roman Empire (I-III Century), Republic of Venice (X-XV Century) and the Fascist dictatorship (1922-1943).
In all these cases, Italy was looking at the Mediterranean Sea much more than at Europe.

Catholicgauze said...

Confini,
Italy sure has in the past looked more south, west, and east rather than north. If the EU were to collapse (still a big "if") then it may once again seek to revive trade/relation ties with the other Mediterranean countries.

Confini amministrativi - Riigipiirid - Political borders - 国境 - 边界 said...

It is just the thing I meant. Between Italy and Europe there are the highest mountains (Alps), in the past crossed above all from armies wanting to invade Italy, while it is more easy to have successful contacts with Albania, Tunisia and Libya.
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fly cheap to Greece said...

Italy sure has in the past looked more south, west, and east rather than north. If the EU were to collapse (still a big "if") then it may once again seek to revive trade/relation ties with the other Mediterranean countries.