I'm a European, and proud. With my mixed genetic background and history of shifting residence it's the only political designation I really feel happy about and I can't wait for full Union so we can forget the piffling little countries and their delusions of self-importance, sovereignty and national identity. I push for an inclusive, integrated Europe in any way that seems to make a difference.
I wrote a month ago about my project to integrate Ukraine on recognising a remarkable geographic similarity between that country and the island of Ireland. As Ukraine is divided into 25 Oblasts and our Republic into 26 Counties it was easy enough to map one set of data to the other. I am delighted to note that the Republic of Belarus is divided into 6 administrative regions which gives it a 1:1 match with the six historic counties of Northern Ireland. I don't even need to tip one of the participants in this happy jumelage (I slip into French here as the language of diplomacy) as I was forced to do with Ukraine and the Republic. The map to the left shows who partners with whom - I have spoken. Perhaps, as a first step, "we" could twin Derry with Minsk - Derry City Council please note.