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WHOA- Venice wants to leave Italy

 
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During most of the past 1200 years this watery Italian city was a nation unto itself - powerful, prosperous and proud.
Now, many of its residents are convinced their best shot at the future lies in turning back the clock.
A growing number of people say Venice and the surrounding region, known as the Veneto, would be much better off as an independent state again, uncoupled from Italy. They're tired of paying billions of dollars in taxes to Rome, only to see the money frittered away on other, less productive parts of the country.
So thousands of Venetians signed a petition demanding a divorce from their fellow Italians. A declaration of independence was delivered - by gondola, of course - to regional officials, who are mulling over a possible referendum on breaking away.
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''We say we don't need Rome,'' says Lodovico Pizzati, an economics professor who is leading the campaign. ''We have our right of self-determination.''
His dream of an independent Venice alongside other countries in the European Union may be unlikely but it's by no means unique.
Secessionist movements, some serious, some quixotic, have sprouted across Europe. Scots will vote next year whether to remain part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - made up of Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Catalonians want out of Spain. The Flemish are debating withdrawal from Belgium.
Many of these movements are fuelled by economic resentment, richer regions eager to shake off poorer ones as Europe battles a lingering debt crisis and enacts draconian spending cuts. To critics, such discord makes a mockery of the EU and the harmony it is supposed to embody.
But some analysts contend that, far from pointing up its failure, the various separatist movements actually attest to the EU's success in bringing comity and stability to a continent torn apart by two world wars, an achievement for which the 27-nation body last year was presented the Nobel peace prize.
Under the EU's reassuring wing, it doesn't matter that an independent Scotland or Veneto would each comprise only about 5 million citizens; Denmark, a long-established club member, has about that many. Malta and Luxembourg, which not only belong to the EU but also the more exclusive group of 17 nations that uses the euro, boast only a million people between
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Yep.

Venice Serenissima Empire was GREAT!

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To live is to believe in the power of dreams.
To dream is to believe in the power of love.
To love is to believe in yourself.

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