What do the twelve stars on the European flag represent?

"Madonna in Glory" by Carli Dolci, c.1670 (PD-EXP)Why are there twelve stars on the European flag? It’s to represent the original member states, isn’t it? That’s a popular belief, but it’s not true. When the Council of Europe was considering its flag in 1953, it had fifteen member states. There was a suggestion to fix the number of stars at fifteen in [more…]

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