The Corner

Joy?

Reactions are coming in to Diamond Giscard’s proposed EU Constitution, launched yesterday amid taxpayer-funded fanfare and plenty of predictable enthusiasm from predictable people. In particular, French foreign minister de Villepin announced that it would enable Europe to play a “full role on the world stage.”

We know what that means.

Connoisseurs of (shall we say) not entirely democratic constitutions will note that the festivities were marked by a performance of the EU’s theme song, poor old Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, a tune also used by Ian Smith’s Rhodesia as the music for its national anthem.

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