Past foes join hands as the EU commemorates the start of World War One

June 27, 2014 1:12 AM

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Past foes join hands as the EU commemorates the start of World War One

As their ancestors stood shoulder to shoulder in trenches and on battlefields 100 years ago, so the EU’s leaders gathered in Ypres in Belgium on Thursday to solemnly commemorate the start of World War One.

A continent divided by war is now united, although it took a second cataclysm just 20 years after the first for the penny to finally drop, and for co-operation to replace conflict. Poppy petals rained down from the Menin Gate war memorial, and the leaders later placed poppies of their own at the mem...

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