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What's Euro Reporter? What's Euro Reporter?
by Euro Reporter
2007-12-27 08:23:42
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Let's begin with numbers. 27 member states, 23 official languages, covers an area of 4,324,782 km², has a population of over 495 million people, has 15 currencies, it generates an estimated 31% share of the world's nominal GDP and is fifty years old (sort of). The European Union certainly dazzles us numerically, yet it can't quite overwhelm us with its politics and economics - let's not mention the Constitution.

However, each of the 27 member states of the European Union offers more than a few MEPs and an opinion over proportional voting. They all have their own local news that informs its own citizens of the daily political, social and cultural ennui taking place on the doorstep of their own country.

Here at Ovi magazine, we know many things; too many to be listed, but enough to win the occasional quiz. One of the facets of our knowledge is that many of the readers of Ovi either live, work or/and were born in one of the member states - the exact number is one of the facts currently unknown by the team. We know that you enjoy reading news from home, especially those stories that are slightly off-beat, such as the huge Lego man washing up on the shores of Holland.

Euro Reporter is one of Ovi magazine's latest creative ventures and it exists purely to serve snippets of news, albeit with a comment or observation from one of the Ovi editors, from the 27 EU member states.

No one particular country is favoured, there is no bias and currently every member has received at least one Euro Report, with seven notching up two.

At present only Asa and Thanos are writing the Euro Reports, but we would welcome anybody who wishes to contribute to this section, in either English or another language. We prefer three short news stories from one EU member country with some personal opinion included - please check past Euro Reports to fully understand.

Perhaps one day we will have a special Europe Reporter day just to take a closer look at Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland… watch this space!

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Emanuel Paparella2007-12-27 16:44:35

Indeed, Thanos, I for one would welcome a whole day dedicated to the EU. I wrote a book on the subject titled “A New Europe in Search of its Soul.” When it first came out a couple of years ago, some of my friends were perplexed at the title. The way I would briefly explain it to them was to think of the soul the way Aristotle thought of it: as the unifying principle of any living organism. Like-wise a country and even a hyper-country cannot live without a unifying soul which is none other than a cultural glue possessed in common by all it citizens. Which is not deny cultural diversity, the other important side of the same coin. (continued below)

Emanuel Paparella2007-12-27 16:45:26
It is intriguing that your piece begins with a description of the EU as a whole, the universal EU so to speak, but then it ends up describing the individual nationalities and the loneliness of men and women who “enjoy reading news from home,” home conceived as their nation of origin, not as the EU. This is similar to the Sicilian working in the FIAT factories of Turin in the 50s and 60s and considering his home Sicily. Which of course did not mean that the Sicilian does not consider himself Italian too, but there is something in the regional and the particular that somehow the universal misses. These are the issues that interest and fascinate me regarding the EU conceived as Western civilization (which would bring into the dialogue the nations on the other side of the Atlantic). As you know, I have contributed a few pieces on them. Where there other times when Europe experienced unity and on what was it based? What are the common values, the leitkultur of this new polity? Why is the Gregorian calendar with AD and BC the most popular calendar in the world? What did the founding father of the EU Robert Shuman mean by “I never feel so European as when I enter a cathedral”? As a member of the Ovi team I certainly hope to be able to contribute to a convivial conversation on those issues.

Thanos2007-12-27 21:29:03
I think with the new year we are going to focus more on Europe. Thanks for the suggestion.

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