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29th Feb 2024

Europeans get an anthem to sing - in Latin

Europeans already have an anthem - Beethoven's Ode to Joy - and now an Austrian professor has put words to the music - in Latin.

Professor Peter Roland, from the Europa Academy in Vienna, today presented a copy of the new words on a CD to European Commission President Romano Prodi.

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A spokeswoman from the European Commission's representation in Austria confirmed that there was a ten minute meeting between the two professors (Mr Prodi is a professor of economics) during which the presentation was made.

The spokeswoman also confirmed that the CD was a "personal gift".

As well as an anthem, the EU also has a flag with 12 golden stars on a blue background and a currency - the euro. If the text of the European Constitution is eventually agreed, there will also be a motto - "United in its diversity".

Europe United

Below is Professor Roland's unofficial text, with his own translation in English.

Hymnus Latinus Unionis Europaeae

Est Europa nunc unita

et unita maneat;

una in diversitate

pacem mundi augeat.

Semper regant in Europa

fides et iustitia

et libertas populorum

in maiore patria.

Cives, floreat Europa,

opus magnum vocat vos.

Stellae signa sunt in caelo

aureae, quae iungant nos

Translation:

Europe is united now

United it may remain

Our unity in diversity

May contribute to world peace.

May there forever reign in Europe

Faith and justice

And freedom for its people

In a bigger motherland.

Citizens, Europe shall flourish,

A great task calls on you.

Golden stars in the sky are

The symbols that shall unite us.

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