Where Is Europe - News article.docx - Where Is Europe By Frank Jacobs January 9 2012 10:03 pm January 9 2012 New York Times Where is Europe You might as

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This gap in Euro-euphoria is a symptom of a curious kaleidoscopic quality of this supranational “Europe”: Everybody is looking at the same thing, but everybody sees something different. For the Swiss, who have a long history of non-alignment (and a shorter one of being confidently rich), joining “Europe” would entail few benefits. By contrast, for the non-“European” remainderon the Balkans, similarly encircled by member states, joining would be almost more of a moral vindication than an economic relief. Like the countries of the former Eastern Bloc before them, membership would confirm their Europeanness.As a frequent visitor to the Balkans recently put it to me: “In the Croats’ own eyes, they are the last bastion of Europe against the barbarians, the first of which are the Serbs. The Serbs too view themselves as Europe’s ultimate bulwark, against the Albanians.” And so on.What’s interesting is that such kaleidoscopic assessments of what is and isn’t Europe exist withinthe Union, too. But instead of positive images, the E.U. kaleidoscope refracts nothing but
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