European Union

T-Shirts & Hoodies

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$21.50
wysc

Melbourne, Australia

Sizing Information

S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest 36" 40" 44" 48" 52" 56"
Length 28" 29" 30" 31" 32" 33"
Sizing chart

Features

  • Sweatshop-free, ethically sourced 100% cotton apparel
  • Printed using cutting edge direct to garment technology
  • Slim fit, order a size up if you'd like it less fitting
  • Cold wash and hang out to dry

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Artist's Description

The number of stars on the flag of Europe is fixed at 12 and is not related to the number of member states of the EU since it is originally the flag of the Council of Europe and does not have a relationship with the EU. In 1953, the Council of Europe had 15 members; it was proposed that the future flag should have one star for each member, and would not change based on future members. West Germany objected to this as one of the members was the disputed area of Saarland, and to have its own star would imply sovereignty for the region.

On this basis, France also objected to fourteen stars, as this would imply the absorption of Saarland into Germany. Myth has it that the Italian representative then objected that thirteen was an unlucky number (it is not unlucky in Italy), as well as the fact that early flags of the United States featured that number of stars. Twelve was eventually adopted as a number with no political connotations and as a symbol of perfection and completeness because of the ubiquity of the number for groups in European cultures and traditions such as:

  • 12 hours on a clock
  • 12 months in a year
  • 12 symbols of the zodiac
  • 12 Apostles
  • 12 sons of Jacob
  • 12 Tribes of Israel
  • 12 biblical minor prophets
  • 12 ounces in a troy pound
  • 12 semitones in an octave (western music)
  • 12 days of Christmas
  • 12 Caesars chronicled by Suetonius
  • 12 Olympian gods
  • 12 Labours of Hercules
  • 12 tables of Roman Law
  • 12 sons of Odin
  • 12 books of Paradise Lost and The Aeneid
  • 12 hues in the colour wheel, star or sphere (western art)
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