Opinion pollsters have been asking Europeans to identify the greatest
Europeans in history. To the obvious disappointment of the organizers,
the Brits have chosen Brits, the French French and so on.
According to the London Independent, the historian due to lecture on the findings has explained that the results were the product of the teaching of history and culture, which (the horror!) tended to start from a national, not a European, viewpoint. “Most people went for figures from their own countries,” he said. “But there is no reason why a European collective memory should not emerge in time, if you consider how little has been done to create one.”
Creating memories? George Orwell would have had something to say about that.