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Euros keep their borders up

Voting shows territories prefer to stick to own cultures, traditions

So will the resounding non and nee that the French and the Dutch gave last week to the European Constitution affect showbiz?

The thumbs-down from these two countries sends a number of disconcerting messages: Among them, folks there apparently want to proceed more slowly toward greater integration of the 25-nation European Union, and that they don’t believe enlarging the Union will help solve their economic problems.

But for showbiz, the key message to be discerned is that folks across the key European territories really like their own local cultures and traditions and don’t yet relish the idea of an Uber Europe.

Folks in Germany still substantially prefer Teutonic TV shows; those in France flock mostly to French films. And so on.

When individuals in Europe do consume TV shows, movies and music from outside their own territories, they more often than not choose the Yank variety. That’s especially true in Eastern Europe, where the embrace of American pop culture is not undermined by strong anti-American bias.

Furthermore, the lack of popular support for the main European governments may inspire the news media to cast a more critical eye on politicos and their policies. And maybe some soul-searching by the media is in order too, since a large part of the European press uncritically endorsed the Constitution.

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