Blend it like Beckham

By Richard Laming

Published in EUobserver, 2 July 2003

Not content with helping his former club to the Premiership title, David Beckham now strikes a blow for European integration when he joins Real Madrid. Moving abroad in pursuit of work is as natural these days as moving about at home.

The culture is different, the weather better, but for a new generation growing up, Europe is a natural extension of the way we now live.

More foreign travel has increased our desire for food from other European countries and the single market has brought it to the nearest supermarket shelf. The singles charts bring music from many different countries. And the natural aim of any successful sports team is to “get into Europe”.

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