THE MINORITIES: The War Within the States

EVEN as a "new Europe" is trying to stitch itself together, an old one is doing its best to pull the Continent apart. For all the talk of unity, Europeans have not yet surmounted the chauvinistic prejudices that permit Belgians to think of neighboring Dutchmen as supercilious stuffed shirts, Germans to regard Italians as hopelessly unambitious and inefficient. As for the French, all too many are still reared with an overweening sense of cultural and linguistic superiority that Jean Cocteau once described with the confession: "When I was little, I believed that foreigners...

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