Der Economist ist vom Entwurf des EU-Verfassungsvertrags nicht begeistert und rät zur Ablehnung:
[T]he point of a constitution […] is not simply to make the process of government easier. In some ways, just the reverse: it is to make sure that government happens under clear rules and constraints, so that it is hard for it to act and evolve in ways that citizens find unacceptable. Otherwise, effectiveness may be achieved at the expense of popular legitimacy and, ultimately, provoke a backlash. That is where Europe’s new constitution fails.