EU: Vision Limited

ILLUSTRATION FOR TIME BY ALEX NABAUM

When the results came in, Mary Claire Connellan felt ill. The news that Ireland had voted no in a referendum on the European Union's Lisbon treaty on June 12 left her "shaky and sick." Exhaustion didn't help: in the run-up to the vote, the 25-year-old stagiaire — an E.U. intern — had flown back to her native Ireland to canvass for a yes. For Connellan, the promise of a Europe freed from the ways of the past has long been an ideal. "I've seen the damage nationalism can do," she says. "Coming from Ireland, I was intrigued by the European Union...

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