Geert Mak pays contemporary witness to the last European century
Travels Through the Twentieth Century
by Geert Mak
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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a European Union summit meeting for the first time in nineteen years. Wandering through the bowels of the new Council of Ministers building in Brussels, I felt suddenly like that great Dutch-American Rip Van Winkle. He woke after a twentyyear nap in the Catskill Mountains to find that the thirteen British colonies had become the United States. Returning to my old hunting grounds in Brussels after nearly two decades, I was confronted with a bewildering New Europe.
The twelve EU member states had become twenty-seven. Germany was now one country, not two, represented by a tough little woman with a beautiful smile. There were briefing rooms for the national delegations of countries that had not existed nineteen years before, such as Slovakia, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. There
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