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October 17, 2006

Barroso on the Constitution

As flagged up yesterday Barroso has given his speech on the future of Europe.

Attempts to revive the European Union draft constitution will only work if the name of the treaty is changed, because the word "constitution" is too alarming for those who want national governments to remain in charge, the European Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, said last night.

He told an audience at Chatham House in London: "Perhaps the grand finality of the word 'constitution' set it up as a hostage to fortune, both to inter-governmentalists who felt it went too far, and to federalists, who felt it did not go far enough.

He went on: "Let us be clear about the label which should be attached to further institutional reform. What Europe needs is a Capacity to Act."

Amazing, don't you think? The changes were rejected. So, does he suggest offering different changes? Err, no, he suggests serving up the same old shit under a different name.

Excellent, that's the way to beat our society's major problem, a lack of trust in politicians, don't you think?

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