nationality or european

@benny128 (3621)
April 22, 2010 4:03pm CST
hey all with many countries in the EU using the euro and many people calling themselves european's I class myself as english I am not a european I also don't live in europe I live in england, we don't have the euro (yyiippee) we have the pound. Do you class yourself as say spanish, english, french etc or do you class yourself as european.
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@mysdianait (64056)
• Italy
22 Apr 10
I was born in England and considered myself as British until Imoved over here to Italy and then here they considered me as English. That was 35 years ago and I have dual nationality. When I return to UK I don't feel English any more. So much has changed since I was living permanently there, including the people. I have paid so many taxes here since I arrived that I feel my claim to being Italian is legitimate and I guess that being European fits perfectly. Belonging to and being a part of Europe is seen differently on this side of the Channel and it is not such a bad thing as is feared by many over there.
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@benny128 (3621)
22 Apr 10
yeah thats sort of my point I was trying to portray, a lot of other nationalities italy spain romania etc etc seem to class themselves as european as opposed to italian spanish or romanian. To me I will always be english as that is where I was born, and am proud to be english I just think when countries start classing themselves as say european per say then it starts eroding each countries own nationality in many ways merging the countries into one country called europe instead of the seperate countries that make up the EU.
@mysdianait (64056)
• Italy
22 Apr 10
When I was at school many decades ago I was taught that UK is/was part of Europe and that was long before the EU existed. It's all about continents surely?
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@benny128 (3621)
22 Apr 10
so was I he he he, but that means we are loosing national identity, countries have fought wars to keep their identity, look at the world wars battle of britain etc etc againist germany which was trying to conquer what is europe now per say. In a round about kind of a war what germany didn't manage to do the european union has nearly managed. Just think its ok to have a generic term for differing parts of the world ie the america's or the british isle's or southern hemisphere but each country should still have their own national identity and each citizen should be proud of being say english or italian etc etc
@mokkka (883)
• Bulgaria
22 Apr 10
As Bulgaria soon became a member of the EU we still don't have the euro as a currency.But I am sure there is no way we can become real european citizens because bulgarian's tye of thinking is just unique.We are in no way similar to any other nation.
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@benny128 (3621)
22 Apr 10
hopefully englands in fact all of british isles nationalities will stay well clear of going too far into the europe union each country needs its own national identity and freedom within their own borders just my opinion.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
22 Apr 10
I consider myself to be English, but I fail to understand why you claim not to be European or live in Europe. England has always been part of Europe so we have always been European. I suspect that like many people you are confusing Europe with the European Economic Community, which is a fairly recent development. Logic dictates that a person living in Angola is also living in Africa, and a person living in Uruguay is also living in South America, so why should independant countries in Europe fail to qualify in the same manner. I am also happy that we use the Pound, but suspect that it is simply a matter of time before we eventually adopt the Euro.
@benny128 (3621)
22 Apr 10
yeah I meant if anyone asks where do you live I would never say europe but I know a lot of people do. I wil always have my national identity per say, Europe is just a group of countries pretty much like the united kingdom is made up of england ireland scotland wales. The discussion was brought up as I was talking to a person in australia who asked where I was from I answered england and they said cool so you are a european. I hope we never adopt the euro, and yeah the european economic community and the european law makers not good each country should be free to decide on their own rules and regulations its just like the free movement of european's to move from country to country and are free to work in each country etc etc
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 10
British - The Union Jack, the national flag of Great Britain.
I fully agree with you in that respect, I am an Englishman first and foremost. I remember how disappointed I was when the passports changed and I ended up with a European format of passport instead of the British passport that I am accustomed to. I shall always consider myself to be English irrespective of how they choose to amalgamate countries etcetera.
@benny128 (3621)
23 Apr 10
cool it just seems to me the german's failed to create a master state in the world wars, yet what the german's failed to do the European Union have actually succeeded in doing the same to a certain degree.
• United States
22 Apr 10
Hey, I may be an American, but I class myself as European. I have no native blood that I know and as far as I can tell from doing my geneologies the majority of my ancestors arrived here as early as the 16th century. That being said I still am a European woman : German, Spanish, English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, French, Dutch. I think theres a little of everything there. PArt of that is because PArt of my family decended from English Royalty which intermarry with royalty from other countries. So what else can I call myself, but overall European, even if I do have blazing red hair that everyone assumes makes me Irish.
@benny128 (3621)
22 Apr 10
that's my point we are such a mixed breed with a lot of different blood from ancestor after ancestor, Yet I was born in england so to me that makes me english same as if I was born in spain I'd be spanish and I would expect every country to have it's own national identity as opposed to grouping everyone together in one group. Even if I lived in say Australia for the last 10 years I would still be english. it seems that europe have created in the last few years a new nationality that of being a european.