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Many Europeans are asking whether they can ever emulate the American melting pot -- and whether the should. A letter from England.

Rappers outside a recording studio in the Parisian suburb of Bobigny. The studio provides the young men in the neighborhood, who are primarily the sons of Arab and North African immigrants, an opportunity to express themselves.
Rappers outside a recording studio in the Parisian suburb of Bobigny. The studio provides the young men in the neighborhood, who are primarily the sons of Arab and North African immigrants, an opportunity to express themselves. (Carlos Cazalis) Carlos Cazalis
By Geoffrey Wheatcroft
December 11, 2005

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HERE ARE TWO happy and hopeful snapshots of modern Europe. In 1998, the French soccer team beat Brazil in the final of the World Cup thanks to two goals from Zinedine Zidane, the sublime ''Zizou" who was born in Marseilles, the son of Algerian immigrants. Then in 2002 the English cricket team beat India, led to victory against his native ... (Full article: 1889 words)

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