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E.U. constitution will omit God

Angela Merkel said the redrafted European constitution most likely would not mention Europe’s Christian roots or God. The chancellor of Germany, which holds the rotating E.U. presidency, told religious leaders in Brussels Tuesday that E.U. leaders did not support a second attempt to mention Christianity in the planned constitution. The French and Dutch failed to support the constitution two years ago. “I would have liked to include such a reference,” Merkel told reporters, but added, “I have to take note of the fact that there isn’t much chance of this reference being included.” Merkel has made ratifying a constitution for the 27-country bloc a top priority.