'To Build a Society, You Need A Sense of Belonging'

Paris bureau chief James Graff spoke with Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, President of the Convention on the Future of Europe, just before work on its proposed European Constitution was completed.

Q: What do you say to persistent criticism that you've favored national governments over the European Commission and Parliament in future EU decision-making?
A: People who make that criticism were fighting for a change in the system, which is to move the balance towards the Commission and to some extent to the Parliament. This group was very active at the beginning of the Convention, and...

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