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The poison of Europe is being drawn from British politics. It is an odd time to make this claim as wrangling resumes over the draft EU constitution. (Click here to download Prospect’s published version of the constitution.) But in form if not content the constitution represents the dying light of an earlier, more federalist, stage of development: Europe as a substitute state, with anthem, flag and constitution. Recent events – divisions over Iraq and Sweden’s decisive no to the euro – remind us again that the EU is in fact a coalition of nation states with some pooling of sovereignty.…

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