France scraps E.U. Constitution
The week's news at a glance.
France this week rejected a proposed constitution for the European Union because it contained references to God and Christianity. Twenty-five foreign ministers who had gathered in Belgium immediately went back to the negotiating table. Representatives from Poland, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia, and the Czech Republicsupported by Pope John Paul IIsuggested mentioning the Christian roots of Europe in the charters preamble, which they said would merely recognize a historical truth. France said it would nonetheless offend the rapidly growing number of non-Christian Europeans, and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw agreed. We have to bear in mind other religions as well, he said.