Quotation by Prince Metternich

Italy is a geographical expression.
Prince Metternich (1773–1859), Austrian statesman. letter, Nov. 19, 1849. Memoirs, vol. 7 (1883).

The Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck used the same term, in a marginal comment on a letter of Nov. 1876, to the Russian Chancellor Gorchakov: "Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression."
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