Eurotopia–a Europe consisting of a host of regional statelets–is actually 15 years old, and was produced by historian Henk Wesseling on request of beer magnate Freddy Heineken as a systematic response to the gradual decline in the efficacy of large (multi-)nation-states. He’s not proposing new, mini-nation states as desired by the less crazy Cataloonies, and certainly not the mammoth new mega-nation-state favoured by madmen like Pasqual Maragall, simply a more manageable administrative division for both Brussels and citizens:
Nice try, but Wesseling himself recalls asking Heineken what would happen to his friendship with Mitterand if he proposed chopping France into seven or eight. Unlike his colleague across the Pyrenees, Sarkozy does seem to have a reasonably sensible concept of the purpose of the state, but it’s difficult to imagine him reacting in any other way.
- Catalan in Europe
I take it Arcadi Espada is joking: We have obtained an impressive victory: citizens who write to European organisations in Catalan
- Give peas a chance
The European constitution, Fabaceae, and a country churchyard elegy.
- Belgian pie
I reckon Gayle Tomlinson has let herself be suckered for the purposes of this story in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, passed
- Corny or not?
At one point in Marcel Carné’s 1939 realist drama (and Mussolini Cup nominee), Le jour se lève, François, the factory sand-blaster
- Administrative note
I’m going to shift all the crap on this server to a new host tomorrow evening–cheaper, I believe more reliable, and