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Peter Hain gets a kicking

It’s been a while since there was a good old-fashioned “Britain isolated” story. But the European constitutional convention’s debate on foreign policy turned into a sustained kicking for Peter Hain, the representative of the British government. His crime had been to insist, with uncommunitaire bluntness, that the formation of a “European” foreign policy must remain a matter for national governments. Delegate after delegate rose to denounce him and to insist that the “community method” be applied-in other words, a foreign policy run by the commission and decided by majority-vote. So beleaguered was Hain that Gisela…

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