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Article: Europe has forgotten its families

June 23, 2007

Carolyn Moynihan / MercatorNet

Leaders of the 27 countries of the European Union are gathered in Brussels right now to hammer out a new treaty for the enlarged union. The grander idea of a constitution has been dropped, following rejection of a draft two years ago by French and Dutch voters, and because of deep scepticism about it in the United Kingdom and Czechoslovakia.

With trappings of unity such as a flag (blue with 12 gold stars) and an anthem (Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”) shelved; with the idea of an EU foreign “minister” dropped and even the proposed charter of fundamental rights downgraded, the business of the meeting revolves around a new voting system — hotly contested by Poland.

But forget about the constitution and the treaty for a moment. The thing you really need to know about the European Union is this. It has deliberately and shamefully neglected the one institution that can guarantee its future: the family.

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