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This pastoral scene west of Zirl comes with a very modern political message. The white letters on the barn say "EU Nein" next to a ballot's "X" and encouraged voters to vote "No" on Austrian membership in the European Union. Another barn nearby has a similar message. Many Austrians, especially farmers, have been wary of the EU and its economic implications. Austrian voters nonetheless voted in 1994 for EU membership, and Austria entered the EU in 1995. The 2005 defeat of the EU Constitution illustrates that such issues are still open to debate across Europe.        

 

 

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