European Disunion

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Patrie. Homeland. Vaterland. Fosterlandet. It's a powerful and often vexing concept in any language, let alone in the 11 now spoken in the European Union — or the 20-plus that will be spoken here after the E.U. expands next May. Even so, true believers have long dreamed that all of Europe would one day become a single homeland. That sweet dream took some more hard knocks last week.

First the Swedes — a reasonable people famously in favor of solidarity — resoundingly rejected the euro, which many see as the political and economic linchpin of a European homeland....

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