Romano Prodi is calling for new talks on a European Constitution. In the run up to the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the original of which he was proud to show off to the German Chancellor, he thinks that would be the best way to complement the celebrations. Prodi is talking Angela Merkel’s language. She is also intent on reviving the beleaguered constitution. “Here in Rome, one feels stronger than anywhere else the roots from which the European Union has grown, and that we have to carry this intellectual property forward with pride and awareness, into the future.”
Fifty years ago on Sunday, the European Economic Community, which became the EU, was signed into History by West Germany and Italy, as well as France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Half a century later, most decisions of the Union’s institutions are still taken on the basis of the Treaty of Rome. Prodi and Merkel feel strongly that an up-to-date, and expanded Europe needs new, clear, legal guidelines – and preferably before the 2009 European elections.