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Its frontier situation is an integral part of Alsace life. This situation has several features or dimensions:
- cultural: the popular tongue is still Alsatian, a Germanic language, which greatly eases contact of every sort on both sides of the frontier;
- historical: a 'Germanic' region, Alsace is once again part of France, after many vicissitudes; it retains many legacies of this, such as its own local juridical code;
- geographic: on the periphery of France, located on an axis of communication which is central to the continent;
- political: at the heart of Europe, this role played by Alsace as a whole, but particularly by Strasbourg, is symbolised by the presence of the Council of Europe and, more recently, the attempt to establish there the permanent home of the European Parliament, thus assisting the emergence of a 'polycentric' European Community;
- economic: the aspect on which this article concentrates. The most important question is, how far have the myriad links established with neighbouring areas come to constitute a factor in their own right, powerfully influencing the regional economy?