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by Željko Heimer & António Martins
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The Paneuropa Union is currently headed by Otto Habsburg and was
founded in 1923 by Richard Nikolaus Count Coudenhove-Kalergi. It is
credited with some influence over the creation of what is now the
European Union. Paneuropa is, unsurprisingly, more active in Austria
and the former Austro-Hungarian states. It is very anti-Communist and
Christian Democratic in political orientation, with a strong Catholic
influence. The famous 1989 'picnic' on the Austrian/Hungarian border
was organized by Paneuropa.
Stuart A. Notholt, 3 May 1996 and Dieter Linder, 12 July 1998
The flag of the Paneuropa Movement was seen on the main square in Zagreb, in the house of Croatian Council of European Movement, an organization that is promoting the
European idea. The flag is similar to the flag of the
European Union witha yellow disc with a red cross on it placed inside the ring of stars.
Željko Heimer, 1 May 1996
The cross is the symbol of Christianty and the sun symbolizes the European
civilization enlighting the world. After the Second World War, the
flag was used by the European Parliamentary Union.
(Source: Carole Lager Le drapeau européen, histoire et symbolisme, pp. 126-129 [lag99], in Fahnen, Flags, Drapeaux, Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Vexillology, Zurich, 23-27 August 1993 ([icv93]))
Ivan Sache, 6 January 2000
by Ivan Sache
Source: A colour plate originally published by P.M.G.
Lévy and P. Martin, as Un drapeau pour l'Europe in
Saisons d'Alsace, 1950, #3, showing
proposals for the European flag. Reproduced
in Fahnen, Flags, Drapeaux (op. cit.).
Ivan Sache, 6 January 2000
by Dieter Linder & António Martins
The flag shows in the center of a light blue field a yellow disk with a narrow
red cross throughout. Ratio 1:2.
(Source: Volker Junge, Eine Flagge für Europa, Kleeblatt [klb] 3/1987)
Dieter Linder, 12 July 1998
According to Crampton, the Paneuropa Movement carried a
flag with a blue field bearing a yellow disc with a red cross in the
middle before the start of Second World War. When the Council of
Europe formed in 1948, it adopted this flag for its own organization
without changes, but it changed to the current design in 1953 to
accommodate its newest member, Turkey.
Steve Kramer, Roy Stilling, 1 May 1996
This flag consists of "the red cross of humanitarian compassion
against the golden sun of enlightenment in a field azure - the blue
sky as a symbol of untroubled peace".
Peter Diem, 11 June 2002