Most of the Italian press is in an uproar against the Strasburg ruling that the presence of a Crucifix in an Italian, state funded, school is against some woman's human rights.
Italians argue it is part of their culture, in England we have some sympathy for the woman, so sensitive are we such rights.
Just imagine if Crucifixes are banned in schools, they would also be banned in courtrooms, where they hang over the judges chair. If this woman gets her way the next step would be to remove from the streets those little shrines which seem to be on every street corner. In Rome it could mean the removal of the statue of the Virgin from the Piazza da Spagna, or the veiling of images on the outside of churches, the banning of those noisey city patronal processions or the banning of holy images from cafes and shops, and ultimately forbidding Italians from wearing a crucifix in public.
If that were so, alas, Italy would become, err, England.
As wonderful as the European dream is, without the principle of subsidiarity states will lose their national identity.