带来雅思阅读精选之”Next Year Marks the EU’s 50th Anniversary of the Treaty“。所有雅思阅读方法技巧都需要反复做题去巩固，自己不足的地方也只有通过做题才能显现。练习也是有技巧的，不能盲目瞎做。把每一次阅读练习都当做考试，时间一个小时，三篇阅读，没有手机，没有字典，没有参考资料，没有笔记。只有这样，在考场上才有可能在50分钟内做完题目(十分钟的誊写答案以及检查时间)。强势推广：雅思阅读精品资料，右手边戳链接→_→防脱发秘笈之——雅思阅读精读资料(广而告之，攒人品，爆高分)
Next Year Marks the EU’s 50th Anniversary of the Treaty
A. After a period of introversion and stunned self-disbelief, continental
European governments will recover their enthusiasm for pan-European
institution-building in 2007. Whether the European public will welcome a return
to what voters in two countries had rejected so short a time before is another
B. There are several reasons for Europe’s recovering self-confidence. For
years European economies had been lagging dismally behind America (to say
nothing of Asia), but in 2006 the large continental economies had one of their
best years for a decade, briefly outstripping America in terms of growth. Since
politics often reacts to economic change with a lag, 2006’s improvement in
economic growth will have its impact in 2007, though the recovery may be ebbing
C. The coming year also marks a particular point in a political cycle so
regular that it almost seems to amount to a natural law. Every four or five
years, European countries take a large stride towards further integration by
signing a new treaty: the Maastricht treaty in 1992, the Treaty of Amsterdam in
1997, the Treaty of Nice in 2001. And in 2005 they were supposed to ratify a
European constitution, laying the ground for yet more integration—until the calm
rhythm was rudely shattered by French and Dutch voters. But the political
impetus to sign something every four or five years has only been interrupted,
not immobilised, by this setback.
D. In 2007 the European Union marks the 50th anniversary of another
treaty—the Treaty of Rome, its founding charter. Government leaders have already
agreed to celebrate it ceremoniously, restating their commitment to “ever closer
union” and the basic ideals of European unity. By itself, and in normal
circumstances, the EU’s 50th-birthday greeting to itself would be fairly
meaningless, a routine expression of European good fellowship. But it does not
take a Machiavelli to spot that once governments have signed the declaration
(and it seems unlikely anyone would be so uncollegiate as to veto it) they will
already be halfway towards committing themselves to a new treaty. All that will
be necessary will be to incorporate the 50th-anniversary declaration into a new
treaty containing a number of institutional and other reforms extracted from the
failed attempt at constitution-building and—hey presto—a new quasi-constitution
will be ready.
E. According to the German government—which holds the EU’s agenda-setting
presidency during the first half of 2007—there will be a new draft of a
slimmed-down constitution ready by the middle of the year, perhaps to put to
voters, perhaps not. There would then be a couple of years in which it will be
discussed, approved by parliaments and, perhaps, put to voters if that is deemed
unavoidable. Then, according to bureaucratic planners in Brussels and Berlin,
blithely ignoring the possibility of public rejection, the whole thing will be
signed, sealed and a new constitution delivered in 2009-10. Europe will be
nicely back on schedule. Its four-to-five-year cycle of integration will have
missed only one beat.
F. The resurrection of the European constitution will be made more likely in
2007 because of what is happening in national capitals. The European Union is
not really an autonomous organisation. If it functions, it is because the
leaders of the big continental countries want it to, reckoning that an active
European policy will help them get done what they want to do in their own
G. That did not happen in 2005-06. Defensive, cynical and self-destructive,
the leaders of the three largest euro-zone countries—France, Italy and
Germany—were stumbling towards their unlamented ends. They saw no reason to
pursue any sort of European policy and the EU, as a result, barely functioned.
But by the middle of 2007 all three will have gone, and this fact alone will
transform the European political landscape.
H. The upshot is that the politics of the three large continental countries,
bureaucraticmomentum and the economics of recovery will all be aligned to give a
push towards integration in 2007. That does not mean the momentum will be
irresistible or even popular. The British government, for one, will almost
certainly not want to go with the flow, beginning yet another chapter in the
long history of confrontation between Britain and the rest of Europe. More
important, the voters will want a say. They rejected the constitution in 2005.
It would be foolish to assume they will accept it after 2007 just as a result of
an artful bit of tinkering.
Questions 1-6 Do the following statemets reflect the claims of the writer in
Reading Passage 1?
Write your answer in Boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.
TRUE if the statemenht reflets the claims of the writer
FALSE if the statement contradicts the claims of the writer
NOT GIVEN if it is possbile to say what the writer thinks about this
1. After years’ introspection and mistrust, continental European governments
will resurrect their enthusiasm for more integration in 2007.
2. The European consitution was officially approved in 2005 in spite of the
oppositon of French and Dutch voters.
3. The Treaty of Rome , which is considered as the fundamental charter of the
European Union, was signed in 1957.
4. It is very unlikely that European countries will sign the declaration at
the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.
5. French government will hold the EU’s presidency and lay down the agenda
during the first half of 2008.
6. For a long time in hisotry, there has been confrontation between Britain
and the rest of European countries.
Questions 7-10 Complet the following sentencces.
Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from Reading Passage 1 for each answer.
Write your answer in Boxes 7-10 on your answer sheet.
7. Every four or five years, European countries tend to make a rapid progress
towards ___________________by signing a new treaty.
8. The European constitution is supposed to ______________________for yet
more integration of European Union member countries.
9. The bureaucratic planners in Brussels and Berlin rashly ignore the
possibility of __________________and think the new consitution will be delivered
10. The politics of the three large continental countries, __________________
and the economic recovery will join together to urge the integration in
Questions 11-14 Choose the appropriate letters A-D and write them in boxes
11-14 on your answer sheet.
11. Which of the following statemnts is true of Euopean economic
A. The economy of Europe developed much faster than that of Asia before
B. The growth of European economy was slightly slower than that of America in
C. The development of European economy are likely to slow down by 2007.
D. The recovery of European economy may be considerably accelerated by
12. The word “immobilised” in the last line of Section C means
A. stopped completely.
B. pushed strongly.
C. motivated wholely.
D. impeded totally.
13. Which of the following statements about the treaties in European
countries is NOT TRUE.
A. The Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992.
B. The Treaty of Amsterdan was signed in 1997.
C. The Treaty of Nice was signed in 2001.
D. The Treaty of Rome was signed in 2007.
14. The European constitution failed to be ratified in 2005–2006,
A. The leaders of France, Italy and Germany were defensive, cynical and
B. The voters in two countries of the Union –France and Holland rejected the
C. The leaders of the EU thought that it was unneccessary to pursue any
D. France, Italy and Germany are the three largest and most influential
Material development outstripped human development “物质的发展超过了人类的进步”
The tide is on the ebb. 正在退潮。
5. hey presto