Monday, January 29, 2007

Fifty is a dangerous age

THE obvious place to start reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is, well, Rome. It was here on March 25th 1957 that leaders of six European countries―France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg―came together to sign the famous document. Grainy black-and-white photographs show a clutch of men in suits (not a single woman is to be seen) sitting before old-fashioned microphones in an ornate Italian palazzo.

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