The World: A Chunnel for the Great Wet Ditch

After 171 years of debate, negotiations and Utopian dreams, the British government last week gave its final blessing to a project that will physically unite the tight little isle with the European continent. The project: building a tunnel beneath the "great wet ditch" that Britons chauvinistically refer to as the English Channel and Frenchmen call La Manche (The Sleeve). According to the timetable laid out in a government White Paper, on Nov. 15 Britain and France will sign a treaty committing the two nations to support the construction of a 32-mile tunnel between...

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