Journalistic shorthand

A letter in last week’s Spectator magazine bemoaned the journalistic habit of using “Europe” as a shorthand for “the European Union”. I was amused, and sent them this further comment:

Sir,

Your correspondent Anthony Jennings takes umbrage at the shorthand “Europe” to refer to the European Union. A lady I met the other day told me she was “an American”. Should I have asked her to narrow down further? I suppose she might just as easily have been from Peru as Canada.

Richard Corbett MEP

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