Friday, April 01, 2011

To find a (European) people

Those industrious chaps at Eurobarometer have been set a tough task, to find a people. You see in order to seel the prioject it is necessary to find people who cleave to that project. Thus the concept of New Europeans

This is how they describe it,
This Eurobarometer survey has been commissioned in order to gain insight in European citizens’ connectedness to other countries. Connectedness is a broad, rich concept; it can take several forms, objective or subjective. The challenge in this research was to identify a category of 'New Europeans': who are they, where can we find them? They were defined as people who live in the EU and have connections with more than just the country where they live. "New Europeans" tend to be hidden in the existing data sources and include children of migrants, mixed couples, international students, retirement migrants and expats.
But of course they have difficulty finding their target audience, especially in Britian.
The strongest increases in national attachment are in the UK, from 84% to 91% (+7 points)

Seems like the EU will need to take a Brechtian approach to the population.
After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

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