In order to follow Mislav's postscript ("we should have made a discussion topic of this
"), let me begin with this discussion. As TadFromPoland ( http://forums.ec.europa.eu/debateeurope/profile.php?mode=viewprofil...
) and Neddy ( http://forums.ec.europa.eu/debateeurope/profile.php?mode=viewprofil...
), I've already learnt the problem of Europe (Longman Interactive American Dictionary ©Addison Wesley Longman 1997--3 the mainland of the CONTINENT of Europe, not including the British Isles
) discussing with my British friends at Debate Europe
). This time we discuss another meaning of Europe [Longman Interactive American Dictionary ©Addison Wesley Longman 1997--1 one of the seven large land masses in the world (CONTINENTs). Europe lies N of the Mediterranean and goes E as far as the Ural Mountains in Russia.
The most controversial problem of the picture questioned by Rainer Michaeli and me is connected with East Germany belonging to Eastern Europe and Berlin (probably only West) belonging to Western Europe. Next, why Poland (24°09'E) belongs to Eastern Europe and Finland (31°35'E), Norway (31°03'E), Greece (29°38'E), and Sweden (24°15'E) to Western Europe? It's because you wish to use the political criterion, not the geographical one, isn't that so? However, the political criterion used in that picture to draw a line between Western Europe and Eastern Europe is the criterion of the past. Today, the political situation of States described on the picture is extremely various. Concerning any intelligence problem, the most important is the fact that some of those States are members of NATO and the EU, which means that they are expected to obey some security regulations (see, for example, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2007:164...