Wanted, desperately, wanted the Europeans Unity! Europe got its name from a mythological figure of the same name and in some languages the continent is called, Europa, exactly as the namesake. Here is the official gateway to The European Union. The link to The Council of Europe is here. The Council of Europe page on the symbols is in this link. Another great and informative site is in here where the US events are reported. Yet another link with all kinds of information for and about the teachers and schools that took part in the celebrations on the Europe Day. And The European Parliament is in this link. – Take your pick on the language of your choice to view the pages, there’s plenty to choose from! – I know, info galore!! Yet another great and handy link into the European Union Commission pages is in this link.
The 9th of May, is the Europe Day and on March 25 there will be the 50th anniversary of the signing of The Treaty of Rome. In this link there is an array of colourful posters on the theme. The EU flag is shown in this link and here is the 50-year history of the European flag. The new proposed flag used officially in Austria in 2006 for the first time and it is called the ‘Barcode.’ You will see that it is just that, as you look at it. I say that if you do not know what the migraine is, you will most certainly after only a look at that flag!
“In the current European flag, there is a fixed number of stars. In the barcode however, new Member States of the EU can be added without space constraints. Originally, the barcode displayed 15 EU countries. In 2oo4, the symbol was adapted to include the ten new Member States.” (Wikipedia)
Here is an across-the-pond view on the Europe Day and things European. I don’t necessarily endorse all his views, but in the spirit of ‘unity in diversity’ it is an interesting point of view. Indeed, that is the motto of the European Union, in Latin, In varietate concordia, “UNITY IN DIVERSITY.” – The emphasis in this slogan is on the word ‘unity’ in this wording. The new proposed motto is this, “United in Diversity.” The emphasis in this expression is on the word ‘diversity’, in my mind. The Irish take on the diversity of the opinions and the platform provided for the same is in here.
The European Union anthem is the Ode to Joy by Beethoven. There in the previous link you can listen to it as well as sing along to it and get all kinds of background information on the same. There is also a Hip-Hop version of the Ode to Joy available in The Council of Europe link which is here on the top of the page. Interesting. This site has the notes, the cords and the words given of the anthem in Latin* :
Hymnus Latinus Europae
Est Europa nunc unita
et unita maneat;
una in diversitate
pacem mundi augeat.
Semper regant in Europa
fides et iustitia
et libertas populorum
in maiore patria.
Cives, floreat Europa,
opus magnum vocat vos.
Stellae signa sunt in caelo
aureae, quae iungant nos.
© Peter Roland, Peter Diem
musica scripta: Doblinger 44 781
The speech entitled “Unity and Diversity: Europe’s Approaches to Culture and Languages“ on February 7, 2006 is that which the Commissioner Jan Figel held in Washington on a variety of topics among them on the European Culture and Cultural diversity. The newspapers called the EUobserver and EurActiv.com have online reports on all things EU.
HAVE A GRAND WEEKEND.
Tis for now. Riihele xx.
The Economist.com quiz on The European Union at 50.