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British athletes could have to compete under the Euopean flag at future Olympics in a remarkable attempt by Brussels to hijack their success.
EU leaders want all member countries to carry the blue 12-star banner as well as their own flag, starting at the next Games in Beijing.
Behind the Move is a desire to present the United States of Europe as the world's major sporting power.
''In 2008 I hope to see the EU member states teams in Beijing carry the flag of the European Union alongside their own national flag as a symbol of our unity''
Originally posted by specialasianX
Wondeful idea!!! i think, that after millenia of internal fighting and disagreement, its about time europe combined to be a power... its such a small area yet there is so much conflict... Holding the European flag as well as the countries flag is a brilliant idea to show how europe is combined as one power and is supporting instead of killing each other...
Originally posted by FredT
Here is my question: What happens if say France decides it does not want to carry the EU flag? (not likely I realize because the EU is really France resurecting its glory days)
Originally posted by muppet
What fighting? what killing?. No European country has gone to war with another in 60 years! We don't need some new artificial structure to "unite" the people. We get along with each other just fine already.
[edit on 31/8/04 by muppet]
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
If the EU countries want to go to the Oylmpics to represent the EU then there should be a EU team. No France,Germany,UK,Spain runners etc... in the 100m sprint just one EU runner. Not ten or twenty different runners all running for the EU. It would be like every state in the US getting to put their own athlete in every event, or Canada putting athletes up for each of their territories
Originally posted by paperclip
We ARE European Union, time to start acting like one. Carying the european flag is a good idea.
In case you all missed it, the article says everyone will still be carying their own country flags too. So, nobody is hijacking your oh-so-precious british national pride.
Originally posted by kegs
I just noticed this was from the Daily Mail......... If you’re not British, trust me you need no further explanation. This is our nationalist xenophobic upper class rag that runs on the fuel of disruption. The usual.
Originally posted by drfunk
ahh now i understand. It's really the right-wing nationalists who are opposed to the European Union??