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If anything forged the Europe of the EU, it was war. The prime motive of the founders was to create economic (and increasingly political) ties so that European nations would cease warring on each other as they had for centuries. So let's have a mention of WAR in the preamble, so we can all get disunited again.

Don't let's forget that these wars were also quite often religious in nature. They pitted different categories of Christian against each other, and Christians against Muslims. Arguably, the European Jews were persecuted for religious reasons, too. So let's have a mention of RELIGION too, so we can all have another fight about that.

Seriously, I don't think this will fly. There are countries, France among them, who won't accept it. Will Merkel even be able to get her own country on board?

Sometimes I think she's a bit of a twit.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Aug 29th, 2006 at 07:45:39 AM EST
Merkel is listed as a Protestant, so presumably in part she is "thinking" with her faith.

At the same time, she is presumably trying appeal to her base. Again, the CDU is presumably not the Christian Democratic Union only in name. And indeed the further right you go within that party the more antagonism you'll find towards possible Turkish membership of the EU.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Tue Aug 29th, 2006 at 07:49:45 AM EST
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I'm sure there are wingnut religious Germans just as there are in other countries. The question is whether there are enough of them to win. Or whether the majority of people will go soggily along.

But this can't be done without debate, and I don't think the God squad would get a majority after open debate.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Aug 29th, 2006 at 08:16:52 AM EST
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