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Brendan Keenan: Let's be careful what we wish for in this intractable crisis

Published 02/06/2011 | 05:00

'EPluribus Unum" it said on the presidential seal behind Barack Obama in College Green -- "From Many, One." Whatever your views on the US, there is no denying it has the best constitutional language.

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Europe has the endless, unreadable pages of the treaties, as amended by Lisbon, and not much else. Hardly anyone knows what the stars mean -- something to do with Charlemagne and the once popular Miraculous Medal. There is a decent anthem from Beethoven but if there is a motto, I am not aware of it.

Perhaps "Be Careful What You Wish For," might be apt, given the story so far. I leave it to the classical scholars among you to render it into appealing Latin.

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