Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Don't mention God, ministers tell EU policy makersLONDON, 6 FEB 2003--A push to have a reference to God in the draft constitution of the EU has foundered, after objections that an explicit mention of the deity would provoke division and controversy.

The opening articles of the proposed EU constitution will not mention God, under a decision taken yesterday by the "praesidium", or steering committee, of a convention charged with drawing up the text.

However, the proponents of a secular constitution may only have won a partial victory. The former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, who is chairing the convention, remains keen to have a reference to Europe's religious identity written into a preamble. Read more

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