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The constitution's ugly language

By Manneken Pis   July 2003

Why such ugly language?

“Conscious that Europe is a continent that has brought forth civilisation; that its inhabitants, arriving in successive waves since the first ages of mankind, have gradually developed the values underlying humanism: equality of persons, freedom, respect for reason.” There it is folks, the long-awaited opening to the great new European constitution. And there is much more in that vein, if you can face it. Europe is also characterised “by the spiritual impulse always present in its heritage.” Oh lucky schoolchildren who-if Val?ry Giscard d’Estaing, the chairman of the convention, has his way-will have to learn all…

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