Mr Prodi turned the Athens games into a political football, boasting that our bag of 30 medals helped the EU trounce America and China.
He said: “The Games were a huge success thanks to their unique spirit and smooth organisation but also because EU athletes did so well“In 2008 I hope to see the teams in Beijing carry the flag of the European Union alongside their own national flag as a symbol of our unity. The European Union’s sportsmen and women performed outstandingly at Athens, winning 82 gold medals and more than 280 medals in total.”
Did it ever occur to this guy that by his standards he is bragging for cheating - too many athletes entered!
The key is that over the past 50 years the EU has slowly being trying to integrate themselves to a single United States of Europe - but it doesn't work that way. Their proud national histories and their current grandiose superiority complexes will prevent integration.
They can't even decide on a language!
Not to fear, their socialist union is currently on track to drag those that dare outperform down to the lowest common denominator.