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I am working on a "geopolitical" novel in which Italy, Greece, and Turkey combine to form a "New Roman Republic." (Spain joins later.) These are self-consciously "Mediterranean" countries tht define themselves in opposition to a "Nordic" bloc.

Since World War II, has any major politician or political thinker in any of the above four countries called for a "New Rome" consisting of Italy plus at least one of the remaining three countries, but NOT including countries such as Germany and other "northern" countries that were not part of the original Rome.

Some definitions:

1) A "major politician" means a member of a national legislature, or the head of an entity (mayor of a city, governor of a province, leader of a political party) that is represented by at least one seat in a national legislature.

2) A "major political thinker" refers a university professor or higher.

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    What do you call the EU? May 2 '13 at 20:08
  • @Chad: That's exactly the point. IMHO, "Italy" doesn't belong in such a large bloc. (And the original Rome could never digest "Germany.") Meaning that Italy might be better off with other Mediterranean countries in a bloc. But thanks, I edited the question for clarity, and upvoted your comment.
    – Tom Au
    May 2 '13 at 20:12
  • Greece and Turkey are antagonistic right now. After WWII there were bloody anti-Greek pogroms in Turkey. All three: Italy, Greece and Turkey have different religions with centuries-long antagonism and quite religious society. It is highly unlikely any politician would call for an alliance of these three countries.
    – Anixx
    May 2 '13 at 20:15
  • @Anixx: Good point.But you may feel free to leave out one, or even both, and focus on "Italy-Spain." And your "right now" doesn't include all of the last 68 years, which was the scope of the question.
    – Tom Au
    May 2 '13 at 20:17
  • @TomAu - Because the roman empire was a small thing? May 3 '13 at 13:29
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Greece and Turkey are antagonistic and always were so. After WWII there were bloody anti-Greek pogroms in Turkey. All three: Italy, Greece and Turkey have different religions with centuries-long antagonism and quite religious society. It is highly unlikely any politician would call for an alliance of these three countries.

That said, there is Latin Union, a loose alliance of Romance-speaking countries, which includes Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and Romania.

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