June 20, 2003

The EU "Constitution", Christianity and some minor issues

At a time when the proposed EU "Constitution" seems destined to further reduce the number of policy areas subject to the safeguard of national vetoes, centralize exclusive powers in Brussels over a number of key subjects and create a unified department to support a EU foreign minister, the biggest topic of discussion appears to be whether the document should include an explicit reference to Christianity...

The fundamental problem of taking a major legal and symbolical step towards the creation of a single European political entity composed of 25 separate states (some of which already have problems for being composed of different nations) does not appear to trouble more than a few minds, who are quickly labeled as anti-European (or worse) if they voice their discontentment over this defining issue.

Oblivious to the dangers of political centralization and unwilling to analyse history with common sense, most European leaders seem engaged in the process of taking a significant leap forward towards the creation of a pan-European super-state. Perhaps the discussion over the reference to Christianity is more important than it might appear at first sight, as coping with the problems generated by a European unified state will certainly be beyond mere human capabilities...