Re: The EU and Russia
I said: Putin speaks German well, and he has become very friendly with Chancellor Schroeder. Heaven knows what they cooked up during Putin's recent visit to Germany. One possibility is that the Ukraine will join the EU, and Russia will follow suit. This would suit Germany, since the further east the EU stretches, the more central will be the role of Germany. Christopher Jones comments: It may not be well known in the US, but Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has adopted a small baby girl from Russia; apparently his friend President Putin was able to do away with the normal formalities. (Schroeder is 60 and has been married five times) There is talk among some circles intrigued by the idea of Russia joining the EU to revoke the treaty of Verdun that divided the old empire of Charlemagne between the Franks of the East (Germany) and the West (France). This new confederation inside the EU could possibly speed up the renewal in Europe.
RH: This last statement baffles me. The Treaty pf Verdun was on 843!! The three sons of Louis le Debonnaire divided up the empire of Charlemagne. I do not see how it could possibly serve as a model for the Europe of 2005. This fits in with our "Learning History" project's mad aspect. It is like the Israelis who proclaim that Jehovah gave them the land from the Nile to the Euphrates. No wonder Henry Ford allegedly said: "History is bunk!"