How the England Team look from Europe?
With England in the finals of UEFA Euro 2020 this weekend, Europe Center senior fellow Ben Judah explored how Gareth Southgate’s team and all the feelings and questions about national identity accompanying them look from Europe. To find out for #BritainDebrief, he spoke to Benjamin Haddad, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center.
What do the cheers for England, not Britain, look like from the EU? How does Britain’s identity issues around football, from taking the knee, to a boycotting MP look from the continent? How does this compare to France’s great footballing moments, where the national team has been seen as the carrier of great multicultural hopes and the subject of very bitter controversies? And is it ever just football?
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