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  New 'deckchair' flag for Europe?
Updated 09 May 2002, 16.05
The old flag (left) and the new idea

It's time we changed the European Union flag according to a top designer.

Rem Koolhaasa's idea for a new one takes colours from the flags of all the members of the EU.

Fact File
Flag facts
In 1994, South Africa had 7,000 ideas for a new flag
The US flag has changed 27 times since 1777
The current EU flag started in 1986
The UK flag is a mixture of the crosses of St George, St Andrew and St Patrick

Looks like a deckchair!

But unfortunately for its creator, the new design has already been compared to wallpaper, shop bar-codes and deckchair fabric.

There are 15 countries already in the EU but only 12 stars on the current flag.

And it may look even more out of date if the 10 new countries that want to join are allowed to.

If people like the new stripey design, it could soon be flying from flagpoles across the continent - as well as appearing on EU signs, stationery and even car number plates.

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