SHOOT IT DOWN: In London and beyond, Britons have doubts about what they see as a too-powerful E.U.

Only a lawyer could love its 148 arid pages. When the draft European Constitution was released last week by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and his 105-member Convention on the Future of Europe, the Continental press just yawned. Across the English Channel, however, the world looked very different. Many London headlines were of a size normally reserved for nuclear war, and not much calmer. the end of our nation, screamed the Sun; the eu bonfire of our freedoms, thundered the Daily Mail, which is campaigning to force Tony Blair to call a referendum on the constitution. Some of this was a familiar populist...

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