Monday, November 14, 2005

Europe's identity?

Fareed Zakaria argues that Europe needs more diversity based on ideas and values. Some clips that Maple Sugar might find relevant to our conversation of a couple of days ago:

The pictures [from France] looked more like those of America's race riots in the 1960s than of Fallujah or Ramallah.

France's current crisis is in reality a combination of several factors, including those listed above. But it is fundamentally a problem of national identity. And this is not a peculiarly French problem. Western Europe today has almost as many foreign-born citizens as does the United States. But its countries don't think of themselves as immigrant nations. The centers of society remain tightly knit, insular and largely homogenous.

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