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".
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
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.