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Europe seen through the eyes of...

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By Johnny Summerton
Posted Oct 28, 2011 in World
Now this should make you smile.
The maps reproduced below are a timely reminder, given the state of the Eurozone and the protracted attempts to deal with the debt crisis, of just how much we all generalise about the characteristics of other countries.
They're the work of Bulgarian-born graphic designer Yanko Tsvetkov who uses the pseudonym alphadesigner because, as he says, "that usually makes people think what I do is really important. That's why I chose it."
Europe according to France, Germany, Britain, the United States and others are part of the appropriately entitled project which has produced Mapping Sterotypes, the ultimate bigots calendar of Europe.
Of course they're purely satirical and rely on clichés and stereotypes.
But isn't there also a revealing element of truth in showing us how ignorant and intolerant we often are of one another?
It helps if you know your European geography a bit...er...on the other hand, perhaps it doesn't matter a jot.
The 2012 calendar is available online now, although sadly it doesn't include Silvio Berlusconi's "vision" but there again you could alway order that as a tee-shirt, mug or poster.
Take a look at alphadesigner's site. Who knows, you might even find the ideal (dare it be said) Christmas present for your (least) favourite bigot.
Europe according to France
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Europe according to France
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Europe according to the USA
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Europe according to the USA
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Europe according to Greece
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Europe according to Greece
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Europe according to Germany
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Europe according to Germany
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Europe according to Spain
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Europe according to Spain
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Europe according to Silvio Berlusconi
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Europe according to Silvio Berlusconi
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