Winner Takes All

ALBERT GEA/REUTERS

YES! Casting a vote in Barcelona, Feb.20

Vote early and often: that seems to be the strategy of European governments that are fast-tracking national referendums on the E.U. constitution. They hope to win passage quickly — before a lethal cocktail of ignorance, apathy and low turnout produces a potentially fatal no vote. In Spain last week, 77% of those who went to the polls voted yes, and though turnout was just 42%, the result was a big win for supporters of the document, which extends the E.U.'s reach into areas like immigration and asylum; recalibrates voting procedures among member states; and creates the positions of E.U. President...

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