It is as though Valery Giscard D'Estaing had just woken from a many-months nap. The renowned French statesman tapped to oversee the drafting of a constitution for Europe has presided over the creation of a document that has virtually no chance of being ratified in anything approaching its current form. To be sure, criticism of the draft constitution was endemic even before it was unveiled in Thessaloniki on June 20. The points of complaint vary, from the ambition of its policies to the ambiguity of its institutional structure to the sheer impenetrability of its language. Yet the fundamental...
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