Latest Issue

Brussels diary

The Spaniards are now the most Europhile big country in the EU. But they don't want to give their regional aid to the Poles. How about the British rebate instead?

By Manneken Pis   February 2005

Spanish football crowds There is something touchingly naive about Spanish Europhilia. The country will be having a referendum on the EU constitution on 20th February. To kick off the campaign on 9th January, officials placed a copy of the document on the seat of every spectator at the recent Madrid derby between Real and Atlético. One trembles at the very thought of trying a similar stunt at Liverpool-Everton or West Ham-Millwall. The constitution is, after all, quite a weighty document, which would make a potentially damaging missile. If large numbers of copies were set alight, they would be a fire…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect