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Praying for loutish Americans

The Ryder Cup at the end of September is eagerly awaited in Brussels. This is not because there are a huge number of golf fanatics at the commission. It is simply that this is the one occasion in which Europe competes as a team against the US. The emotions generated are most satisfactory for those seeking to “build Europe.” First, there is that picture of the European team standing beneath the EU flag, while listening to the EU anthem (Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, in case you’d forgotten). Then there is the inevitable bonding and anti-American feeling…

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