Thursday, September 9, 2010

The New Iron Curtain?

This week on Slate:

A Tale of Two Europes By Anne Applebaum

"Forget East and West, Europe is dividing itself into North and South."

From 1947 to 1991 the Cold War divided Europe into East and West. Winston Churchill popularized the term "Iron Curtain" to describe the dividing line. In her article, Applebaum discusses the new economic relationships in Europe, and sees a new division: North and South. In her (admittedly broad) generalizations, the countries of the North have embraced austerity measures to deal with the economic downturn, while the South is in a bit of a shambles... (France and the UK appear to be somewhere in the middle.) I just read them... I don't write them.

But I was inspired to draw the new "Iron Curtain" on this map.



At Saturday, September 11, 2010 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

Northern and Southern Europe are becoming economically distinct? Stop the presses!

Oh, wait. Northern and Southern Europe have been economically distinct since before recorded history. I hope Anne Applebaum mentioned that?

At Saturday, September 11, 2010 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Look, I wasn't pretending the article was profound... Just a good excuse to draw on a map with my crayon.


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