ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 2995 posts, RR: 49 Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3812 times:
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This is actually a quite interesting question. I've noticed many Germans saying that they feel "European", and it seems a stronger feeling if compared to nationals of other European countries. Why is this? Maybe Germany is kind of the heart of Europe?
I am and will always be Swiss, even in the case Switzerland should join the EU sometimes in the future. It's just that I'm proud of the peculiarities of our country and of my national identity.
AFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3797 times:
As a whole, most all parts of Europe have similar qualities. Whether you are in France, Italy or the Netherlands, overall, I see many similarities in the ways people think and live. People in Milan live the good life while people in many parts of France do the same. Gastronomy, culture and unique urban metropolises are subject to all parts of Europe.
Could it possibly be because of the history? Not just the first half of the 20th century, but Germany is hardly a long established nation state. There isn't exactly an endless unbroken history for Germans to feel associated directly with. And certainly the post-war Germans looked to subsume their identity within a wider European one.
Swiss goes back God knows how long. A distinct English/Welsh or Scottish identity is well over a thousand years old, and even a British one goes back to at least 1707, and arguably a century further back.
I feel about as European as I do American, to be honest, given the historical links between Britain and North America. There's more of a kinship with the "Anglo-Saxon" world (usually culturally, nothing to do with race) So, no, definitely not a European nationality, not even a European identity.
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Haggis79 From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 1096 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3661 times:
well, yes I definitely consider myself being European and I think there's something like a European identity.... besides, I like the EU flag much more than the (quite boring) German one...
but when asked where I'm from it depends a little on who asks... when in Germany, I'm a Frankonian.... when somewhere in Europa a German, and when somewhere else in the world, a European.... hope that makes sense...
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26028 posts, RR: 58 Reply 22, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3639 times:
Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 20): when did europe start issuing their own european passports?
They dont but all passports have ''European Union'' on them and are printed in all European languages !!! Nearest thing your gonna get . No where in a UK / British passport does it mention ''Scotland'' or ''Scottish''.
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 22): They dont but all passports have ''European Union'' on them and are printed in all European languages !!! Nearest thing your gonna get . No where in a UK / British passport does it mention ''Scotland'' or ''Scottish''.
So... will you now be correcting the above three posters and pointing out that there is no english passport, and no berliner passports? Or is it just pick on scotland day yet again?
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26 Banco: Remove the chip. The others never pointedly said they weren't British. You did.
27 Pelican: I'm German. That includes being European because Germany is a European nation. pelican
28 Mhodgson: English and British first (English as it is where I was born and have always lived; British because I have some Scottish ancestry as well). I don't re
29 Swiftski: England is within the UK (Passport type). I am proud to be from England. As I quite clearly stated, I am also proud to be British. I have nothing aga
30 EXTspotter: I feel that I am English first, then European. The only real reason behind it is that I haven't really discovered Europe for myself yet. I have experi
31 OHLHD: My ancestors come from Finland, Austria, Czech, Ukraine and Slovenia. ( Czech, Ukraine and Slovenia were Austria back then btw) I am a European but I
32 AverageUser: Did you not realize they have! It came with the concept of an EU citizenship. Correspondigly, the top row of your new EU passport indicates your new
33 MD11Engineer: First, it is quite improbable that Berlin will ever demand it's independence from Germany (especially since the former kingdom of Prussia, which incl