The Cult of Precaution

The high priests of the European Commission invoke the arcane scripture of the Precautionary Principle to justify their environmental enyclicals--the wages of reason be damned.

Issue: Summer 2004

The European Union is seeking a "common foreign policy", which will not be the policy of a nation-state, based in national interest and realpolitik, but a policy suitable to its transnational identity and universalist aims. Environmental protection will therefore be high on the agenda, and policy will be guided by principle rather than expediency, and shared concerns rather than national self-interest. Which principles, therefore, in relation to which shared concerns?

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