Europe's Silent Majority Speaks

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“Excavations of a neolithic village close to Stonehenge have provided new explanations of its origins. It was not made by aliens or foreigners. It was built by Britons at a time of remarkable cultural interconnectedness. Shards of 4,500-year-old pottery excavated in Wiltshire follow a pattern originating in Orkney, a Scottish archipelago; the bones of animals… » read more

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Dutch MP Stientje van Veldhoven has urged the European Commission to make the data of Europe’s railway companies freely available (“open data”) so that app developers can start creating a Europe-wide travel planning app. “A European-wide travel app will make international travel by rail more accessible and customer-friendly,” she told the Dutch lower house of… » read more

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“The country benefits when key aspects of economic and financial affairs and the single market are dealt with properly in Brussels. But our politicians look at such joint (EU; rg) agreements as infected, europhile dossiers that they’d rather not be seen with in public. As soon as yet another European agreement has been reached, they… » read more

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“Many proponents of traditional values across Europe have started feeling uneasy about finding themselves in Putin’s camp ideologically. In Lithuania, for example, the Christian Democrats abstained from voting, thereby blocking a proposed law against ‘gay propaganda’ similar to the one introduced in Russia, while the Catholic hierarchy swapped its usual nationalist stance for an enthusiastic… » read more

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“The Hanseatic League was a precursor of the European Union.” — Comment by a tourist guide in the town of Groningen in the north-east of the Netherlands, 1 March 2014.   From the Wikipedia page on the Hanseatic League ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanseatic_League ) : The Hanseatic league (a.k.a. Hansa, among others) was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their… » read more

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“The euro is reshaping Europe. It is a costly, painful exercise. We should have approached it in a different way. But the euro is forcing several countries in Europe to address problems which otherwise would have taken decades to be resolved. The euro is forcing through what governments can’t, such as labour market reform.” — Nout Wellink, former president… » read more

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“Extreme nationalism is not choosy; it is an equal-opportunity hater. Its real victim is Europe and the idea of Europe,” Bono said. “Europe cannot just be the legal alternative to extreme nationalism; it must become the passionate alternative.” — Bono, lead singer of U2, at the meeting of the European People’s party in Dublin, Thursday… » read more