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Prodi: 'No' to Constitution Would be 'Tragedy'

Outgoing President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, has made a passionate plea for voters not to reject the European Constitution, saying that to do so would be a "tragedy."

In an interview with La Croix newspaper, Prodi said, "The text is a good compromise, it's a step forward. If the Constitution is rejected by one country, we will see what we can do. If several countries reject it, it will be a tragedy. A mortal blow for the European political project. Legally, Europe will continue. But the political consequences will be enormous. A rejection will mean that the first great founding text of political Europe will have failed." Referendums on the Constitution will take place in Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, the UK and France. (

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