Our virtual telecamera will focus first on the New Map of Europe: the current and future nations of the European Union (EU) most using or contemplating using the euro, its single currency which arrived on January 1, 1999.
Why? The UofH believes the enlargement of the EU is the biggest political project of our time. Shortly before Freddy Heineken's death, we proposed and he agreed to pass the realization of his decade-old project on to the UofH. Here Freddy describes how the idea came to him:
"Some years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the famous British historian Prof. Cyril Northcote Parkinson. On that occasion he told me about his ideas concerning a Federated Europe. Professor Parkinson had his doubts about one united Europe consisting of the present nations, since these nations would be of entirely different size, population and economic importance. He therefore favoured splitting up these existing nations into much smaller states of equal size and importance, which could thus form a more balanced federal unity."
"A. H. Heineken"
The Heineken Project
1) June 1992 letter from A.H.Heineken explaining his project 'Eurotopia'.
2) Freddy Heineken's "Second thoughts on Europe"
3) The 75 States. The numbering scheme begins in the Northwest of Eurotopia (Iceland) and ends in its Southeast (The Balkans and Greece).