July 09, 2003

Giscard's 'federal' ruse to protect Blair

At least, Giscard d'Estaing is honest. The word was removed but the meaning remains the same:

Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the man in charge of drafting Europe's first constitution, admitted yesterday that the much-trumpeted removal of the word "federal" from the text changed nothing and was merely a ruse to shield the British government from criticism.

The former French president said the cosmetic change that did not affect the shape or character of the future EU or lessen the transfer of real power to Brussels.