Thursday, November 17, 2005

La Zecca e' un parassita (Mint julep)

The European Union constitution may be on ice but Italy is celebrating its first anniversary anyway, by issuing a new two-euro commemorative coin. The constitution was signed by EU leaders in Rome on 28 October 2004, but was rejected by voters in France and the Netherlands several months later. The new coin, issued this week, depicts the goddess Europa holding a pen over the text of the constitution. Some are already on sale on the web for three times their face value. The Italian mint itself is selling a presentation pack for seven euros.

"In the UK, people would ask about the cost to the tax payer and question whether it was a sensible thing to do. In Italy we are used to the many ways of wasting public money"

Sometimes even the BBC gets it right.

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