Sunday, 29 March 2009

Magna Carta or EU Charter?

Recently I encountered yet another one of those anti-EU campaigners who prefer their ’ancient rights and freedoms’ to the existence of the European Union. The Magna Carta (1215) seems to be a favourite reference.

Is their belief based on a myth or on rational thought?

I invite readers to make a comparison.

Read the text of the Magna Carta in an English translation, available here with an introductory note:

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/magnacarta.html

Then turn to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, published in the Official Journal of the European Union 14.12.2007 C 303/1.

After reading both, make your informed decision. Which Charter do you opt for and why?



Ralf Grahn