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Italy and Slovenia Fail to Find Common Ground on "Unity Square"

Nova Gorica/Gorizia, 26 April - The square that brings together the Slovenian border city of Nova Gorica with Gorizia on the Italian side of the border was set to become a symbol of the united Europe as Slovenia joined the EU with a big party there on the eve of 1 May 2004. However, in a twist of fate the square is still without a common name three years later.

Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, the common square.
The marker in the centre of the square.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, the common square.
The marker in the centre of the square.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, the common square.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, the common square.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, the common square.
A signpost in the square.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, the common square.
The mosaic of New Europe in the square.
Photo: Marko Cencič/STA
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Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, the common square.
The Nova Gorica railway station by the cross-border square.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, the common square.
The sign bearing the Italian name of the square.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

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