In preparation for the debate, I have been re-reading Schwimmer's latest book, "The European Dream" (foreword by Chris Patten) and happened on the following passage on the flying of the "European flag":
The importance of the role played by such symbols in forging consciousness cannot be over-estimated. Wherever it flies, the flag means we belong to Europe, we are Europe! If all European countries systematically flew it with their own, this would send a strong emotional message: we are all Europe - one Europe! Similarly, always playing the European and national anthems together, with people standing for both, would undoubtedly help create a European consciousness.Not so much a dream as a nightmare: I think this should be an interesting debate.