Friday, January 27, 2012
Europa special(s), including Umberto EcoSix European newspapers published special sections on Europe, i.e., the European Union. It's notable that the occasion for this special coordinated event is an interview with Angie on the European crisis.
The six are:
Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland)
The Guardian (UK)
Le Monde (France)
El País (Spain)
La Stampa (Italy)
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)
The Guardian has this piece: Umberto Eco: 'It's culture, not war, that cements European identity' 01/26/2012. This is an interesting observation:
Asked to describe European identity in 2012, Eco says it is widespread but "shallow". "I am using an English word that is not the same as the Italian word superficiale, but which is somewhere between 'surface' and 'deep'. We must change this, before the crisis strips it [Europe] of everything.Eco's wife is German, he's Italian. He speaks from experience.
I also found this observation of his intriguing:
"... Or does the problem [of European identity] go back to God - the fact that the United States becomes ever more religious as Europe becomes even less religious?Padre Pio was one of Pope John Paul II's more controversial canonizations, a guy who promoted a notably superstitious version of Catholicism.
Tags: angela merkel, european union
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