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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…

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