Lotus Unions

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Performance Of The Week

Lotus Feet

John McLaughlin (guitar), Jean-Luc Ponty (violin) and Zakir Hussain (tabla) perform McLaughlin's composition Lotus Feet at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert in the Hagia Irene, Istanbul, on 30th April 2013.

Chart Of The Week

A Century Of Unions

As this chart shows, the Soviet Union (1922-1991) has been overtaken in both size and longevity by the European Union, founded in 1952 as the European Coal And Steel Community. Before the start of its fragmentation in 1989 the Soviet Union comprised 15 republics and 286 million people. In 2021 the post-Brexit European Union comprised 27 member states and 448 million people.

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