A Balanced EU Constitution

EU Commission President Romano Prodi has proposed a scheme to strengthen the Union's executive. Britain, France, and Spain are working on an opposing plan that will consolidate EU executive powers among the biggest EU states. What's the ordinary European to think?

Europe's citizens scarcely grasp the issues at the heart of the European Constitutional Convention in Brussels. Mountains of detail obscure problems; sterile, misleading national discussions that pit "Euroskeptics" against "Europhiles" muster sound and fury but clarify nothing. So complicated do many issues seem that some newspapers and broadcasters have abandoned reporting about the Convention.

EU citizens can secure a clearer understanding of what the Convention should achieve by asking this question: how should governmental functions be divided between the EU and its member nations? To answer this, we need to grasp government's true purpose.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

To read this article from our archive, please log in or register now. After entering your email, you'll have access to two free articles from our archive every month. For unlimited access to Project Syndicate, subscribe now.


By proceeding, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, which describes the personal data we collect and how we use it.

Log in


Cookies and Privacy

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. To find out more, read our updated cookie policy and privacy policy.