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2015-09-17

Gideon Rachman den 7 september. It would be heartwarming to believe that the crowds that turned out to welcome Syrian refugees arriving at Munich station

It would be heartwarming to believe that the crowds that turned out to welcome Syrian refugees arriving at Munich station show that Europe will respect its commitments in full. It would also be dangerously naive.

Gideon Rachman, FT September 7, 2015

If you want to understand what is happening to the European Union’s constitution, the EU flag is a good place to start. European leaders will agree to delete references to the flag in the constitution.
Everybody knows the flags will keep flying.
The words in the constitution will change. But the substance will remain the same.

Gideon Rachman, Financial Times June 12 2007


It would be unfair to demand that the federalists simply abandon their ideal of political union in Europe.
We are all entitled to our dreams.
But they should recognise that in the current political situation they lack both the power and the legitimacy to press on with "the project".


Gideon Rachman, Financial Times, August 29 2006

Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist

If there is one thing that the French and Dutch referendums demonstrated, it is that local politicians are spectacularly bad judges of what sways their voters.

It is already clear that when the Germans take over the EU presidency in January they will use their position to relaunch the constitutional debate. As a result, constitutional wrangling may dominate the next couple of years of the EU’s political life.

The constitution’s most ardent advocates are not embarrassed by this prospect. They do not regard the rejection of the document by voters as in any way definitive – merely grossly inconvenient.


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