Strasbourg - symbol of Franco-German unity
Yet all of this is of superficial political concern. The importance of Strasbourg to the EU is one of spiritual symbolism. The Cathedral embodies the fusion of people, languages, and nations. It is Catholic in its 13th-century inspiration; occupied by the Protestants through much of the 16th and 17th; and illuminated by Enlightenment reason in the 18th. The French and the Germans warred over Strasbourg for half a millennium, but the Cathedral symbolises the Franco-German Act of Union. Its basic design is French, but the detail is German - an observation frequently made of their other pet project...European Union.
Christianity is the foundation of Europe, and Strasbourg Cathedral is an inspirational example of what can be achieved when peoples are united in belief, cooperation, and love. The decision to omit any mention of Christianity from the EU's Constitution, in deference to utopian secularism, leaves the door wide open for an alien spiritual force to infiltrate and occupy... anyone for EUrabia?