Tuesday, June 07, 2005

EU flag cartoon

This cartoon comment on the current state of the European Union following the rejection of the proposed constitution by the voters of France and the Netherlands was published today in Le Monde.


At 10:57 am, Blogger Hermann Albrecht said...

That is funny...but the stars don't stand for the countries, do they? I had heard that the twelve stars symbolise perfection in unity or something of that nature.

At 6:29 pm, Blogger Devereaux said...

No, the stars do not now represent the members States. There were 12 EU members at one time, but as the number increased, it was decided not to increase the number of stars. There are those who hold that 12 was reckoned to be a "good" number because it had no political innuendo, and there are

12 signs of the zodiac;
12 hours on a clock;
12 months in a year;
12 apostles;
12 tables of Roman Law;
and 12 starry crowns of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

At 10:23 pm, Blogger Hermann Albrecht said...

Ah, good to know.


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