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Gisela Stuart's unnoticed tirade

By Manneken Pis   February 2004

Where next on the constitution? How seriously should we take the collapse of efforts to agree a European constitution? At the moment the consensus in Brussels is pretty black. Even the arch-federalists – who are normally incurable optimists – seem depressed and almost unbalanced. There is even wild talk from fairly eminent people in Brussels of "kicking the Spanish and Poles" out of the EU. Elmar Brok, a prominent German member of the convention that wrote the draft document, called the collapse of the Brussels summit a "disaster." Andrew Duff, a British Liberal Democrat, issued a widely ignored call for…

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