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09/06/2005

European Constitution Special

A selection of articles on the European Constitution, and the referendums in France and the Netherlands.

Damned to expertocracy
The end of democracy? Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk talks with Marius Meller about French revoltism, British phlegm and Europe's national hallucination chambers.
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Friendly takeover
In response to the French 'no' to the European constitution, France's new Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has proposed a new kind of union between France and Germany. Historian Gustav Seibt argues that this would be a disaster for Germany and insists that Europe be considered in a broader historical perspective.
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The victory of Euro-nihilism
The French no is standing guard on the frontiers of the old European Community. The referendum on the constitution became a retrospective referendum against the enlargement from fifteen to twenty-five member states. Formerly Euro-skeptics, the French who recklessly promoted the no on May 29 have become Euro-nihilists. By André Glucksmann
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"I can't live without Europe"
Both France and the Netherlands have rejected the European Constitution. German-Iranian author Navid Kermani reflects on what this means to him, as someone who wanted to become - or thought he was - a European.
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In full knowledge of the facts
The practice of holding a referendum on a subject like the European constitution is suicidal. It is an electoral absurdity that puts in question the political intelligence not only of the French president, but also of his immediate entourage and communication advisers. By Paul Virilio
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The illusionary "Leftist No"
To the French naysayers: A Left which aims to tame and civilise capitalism with a "No" to the European constitution would be deciding for the wrong side at the wrong time. By Jürgen Habermas
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Europe demands courage
An open letter to French voters from German intellectuals, artists and academics warns the French public that voting "No" to the EU constitution would mean betraying progress and abandoning the ideals of the Enlightenment.
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Wake up, Europeans!
Or you will find yourself subjected to a constitution you never wanted, discussed, or decided on. By Oliver Eberle
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