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  • Czech MPs mull suspension of Klaus' powers over Lisbon treaty

    06/26/2009 1:13:59 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 1 replies · 775+ views
    EU Observer ^ | 06/25/09 | Andrew Rettman
    The Czech social democrat party is discussing the possibility of suspending president Vaclav Klaus' powers if he does not sign the EU's Lisbon treaty. The temporary suspension would require a simple majority of 41 votes in the country's 81-seat senate and would allow caretaker prime minister Jan Fischer to sign the document instead. Social democrat senator Alena Gajduskova is leading an "intensive debate" on the subject in her party, the secretary of the senate's constitutional commission, Jan Kysela, told EUobserver. Ms Gajduskova's campaign is also linked to president Klaus' refusal to sign off on the Rome Statute of the International...
  • European elections 2009: Europe's centre-right declares war on [UK] Conservatives

    06/08/2009 11:56:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 705+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/9/2009 | Bruno Waterfield in Brussels
    European Parliament's centre-right grouping has declared war on David Cameron and said a new Conservative government must not be allowed to derail the Lisbon Treaty. The Tory leader has angered the European People's Party (EPP) after pulling out of the grouping to form a new Eurosceptic bloc called the European Conservatives and Reformists. Mr Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on the Lisbon European Union Treaty, if it remains unratified by the Irish by the time of a British general election, has also alarmed the Brussels establishment as Labour goes into political meltdown. Joseph Daul, the chairman of EEP, the...
  • If the EU seems intent on a putsch then UKIP should give it a shove

    05/31/2009 10:10:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 692+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/2009 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The European Union has slipped the leash of democratic control. It is one thing to advance the Monnet Project by treaty creep and stealth directives. It is another to put questions of sovereignty to a popular vote and then refuse to abide by the outcome. Europe's elites have crossed a political line by reviving the EU Constitution under the guise of the Lisbon Treaty and ramming it through without referendums, after it had already been rejected by French and Dutch voters. To continue a second time after rejection by the Irish – alone in voting – amounts to a putsch....
  • EU tries to isolate Irish after treaty rejection

    06/15/2008 10:51:47 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 132+ views
    The Observer ^ | June 15 2008 | Ian Traynor and Henry McDonald
    Ministers insist other countries must ratify deal despite Ireland's 'no' vote Germany and France moved to isolate Ireland in the European Union yesterday, scrambling for ways to resuscitate the Lisbon Treaty a day after the Irish dealt the architects of the EU's new regime a crushing blow. Refusing to take Ireland's 'no' for an answer, politicians in Berlin and Paris prepared for a crucial EU summit in Brussels this week by trying to ringfence the Irish while demanding that the treaty be ratified by the rest of the EU. The scene is now set for a major clash between the...
  • An Irish Education

    06/14/2008 9:47:11 PM PDT · by gpapa · 12 replies · 166+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 14, 2008 | The Editors
    Irish voters struck a blow for democracy in Europe this week, stopping a power play by the Continent's political elites. On the ballot was the Lisbon Treaty, which European Union grandees in Brussels pitched as a tidying-up exercise to make the bloc's institutions work better. Most everyone else saw Lisbon for what it really was: An attempt to sneak through a dolled-up version of the failed "EU Constitution." That constitution was hailed as Europe's entrée to a U.S.-size presence on the world stage, complete with a nonelected president and a beefier defense and foreign policy. It was rejected by French...
  • Ireland Saves Europe Another Day

    06/13/2008 9:43:59 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 20 replies · 66+ views ^ | June 13, 2008 | Roger F. Gay
    After the proposed EU Constitution was soundly defeated by the people of Europe in 2005, promoters repackaged it as the Lisbon Treaty. This extraordinary anti-democratic move was intended to secure passage without public referenda. The Irish Constitution however, provided requirements that led to a referendum on the renamed constitution anyway. Not surprisingly, the proposed constitution / treaty met defeat once again. (55% - 45%) The propaganda campaign in Ireland followed the same pattern as the European campaign in 2005. The YES campaign lacked any reason for Europeans to accept the dictatorial power structure that the constitution / treaty would...
  • Irish PM bids to rally EU support

    06/08/2008 9:38:18 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies · 179+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6/8/2008 | BBC
    Ireland's PM Brian Cowen has launched a strong attack on opponents of a key EU reform treaty ahead of the country's referendum on the issue on Thursday. Mr. Cowen accused to No campaign of "sheer inaccuracy and absurdity" and said Ireland could not get a better deal than the one on offer. Opponents say the Lisbon Treaty should be renegotiated. Recent opinion polls suggest the result of the referendum-the only one being held in a EU country-could be close. The other 26 members of the EU are using parliamentary votes to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. But Ireland is obliged to...
  • Irish voters poised to kill off EU ‘stealth constitution’

    06/07/2008 8:52:31 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies · 96+ views
    The Times ^ | 6/8/2008 | Stephen O’Brien and Richard Oakley
    Ireland’s no campaign has a five-point lead just days before the vital vote on the reform treaty; and Brussels has no plan C UNDER a drizzly sky, the Eurocrats of Brussels smiled and handed out balloons at their annual open day yesterday. Behind closed doors, however, as one official admitted: “They’re all s******* themselves.” Patricia McKenna, the Eurosceptic campaigner and former Green party MEP, outside the European parliment in Dublin with cardboard cutouts of EU leaders In four days Ireland will vote on the European reform treaty and polling suggests that the “no” camp will win. If it does, the...
  • Jefferson: a lesson for Europeans

    06/01/2008 5:49:56 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 15 replies · 222+ views
    Times Online ^ | 6/2/08 | William Rees-Mogg
    I do not argue that the problems of early 21st-century Europe are identical to those of late 18th-century America. I am now myself a federalist. Yet the Americans did have to face similar problems in trying to reconcile the relationship of the federal government with the individual states - the very questions that confront Europe in the Lisbon treaty. The American Constitution has succeeded in providing the US with a stable democratic framework that has survived the great changes of the past two centuries, including - in the 20th century - two world wars, a Cold War and a slump....
  • E-who? The EU power game has begun ("Democracy" EU style)

    05/11/2008 1:09:38 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 25 replies · 126+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 11 May 2008 | Bruno Waterfield
    Behind closed doors, over diplomatic dinners, in the corridors of departments, embassies, ministries and chanceries, Europe’s rulers are playing a “once in a lifetime” game for the future of the European Union. As I have already noted, here and here, this is a power play to which the public is not even a spectator. Substantial negotiations are underway on the biggest European job carve up package, including Nato, in the EU’s existence. The rules of the game, the players and the running score are known only to a tiny group of EU leaders and their most senior civil servants. The...
  • Leaders' dreams may yet be dashed by an Irish 'no' [Ireland has only referendum on EU Treaty]

    12/13/2007 10:52:59 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 171+ views
    The Times ^ | 12/14/07 | David Charter in Brussels
    Yesterday’s smiles and handshakes masked fears among European leaders that voters could yet scupper their grand project. Two years ago, after a similarly lavish signing ceremony, referendums in France and the Netherlands halted the treaty’s predecessor, the EU constitution. Now all eyes are turning to Ireland, which is staging the only referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon. Supporters are growing increasingly nervous that opponents will converge on Ireland to halt the whole treaty. An opposition campaign was launched in Ireland yesterday by the Libertas Institute think-tank, founded by Declan Ganley, a millionaire businessman. “The Irish people have a duty to...
  • Thatcher urges Brown to allow EU treaty referendum

    09/29/2007 5:17:17 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 6 replies · 147+ views
    Thatcher urges Brown to allow EU treaty referendumLady Thatcher today urged Gordon Brown to allow a referendum on the EU Treaty. "This Treaty matters Prime Minister, so be bold and let the British people have the final say!" The former Prime Minister backed the newspaper campaigns for a referendum, saying: "Yet again the British people are being told that the changes in the Treaty are not important, that they are technical, and that in any case we have either blocked or gained opt-outs in all the worst cases. Well we've heard it all before only to see more and more...
  • EU lawyers agree on treaty text (Constitution for Europe, Take 2).

    10/02/2007 12:50:53 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 16 replies · 107+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, October 2, 2007. | Oana Lungescu
    A draft constitution was previously rejected by French and Dutch voters Legal experts from the 27 countries of the European Union have agreed on a draft reform treaty. The treaty is set to replace the defunct European constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters. Portugal, which holds the EU presidency until the end of the year, hopes to get agreement on the treaty at an EU summit in Lisbon later this month. Possible domestic opposition to the treaty in Poland and Britain mean they may present the biggest hurdles. The treaty aims to streamline the workings of the EU...
  • No Dutch referendum on EU (turning the 'no to EU constitution' to a 'yes')

    09/21/2007 2:16:50 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 80+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | September 21 2007 | John Tyler
    The Dutch government has decided not to hold a referendum on the latest European Union treaty. The so-called Reform Treaty was agreed upon in June by representatives of the 27 member states. It is meant to replace the EU constitution which failed after Dutch and French voters rejected it in referendums in 2005. The decision means the Reform Treaty will be sent to the Dutch parliament, where it is expected to be approved by a wide majority. The cabinet's decision to scrap the referendum did not come easily. For the second week in a row, Friday's cabinet meeting dragged on...
  • Poland backs Britain in EU opt-out

    09/14/2007 1:17:54 PM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 386+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 14, 2007
    Poland backs Britain in EU opt-out The Polish Government announced that it would join Britain in opting out of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, a cornerstone of the new treaty meant to replace the proposed European Union constitution. In June, EU leaders agreed the framework of a treaty to improve EU organisation in place of the constitution that was torpedoed by French and Dutch voters in 2005. Britain negotiated its opt-out at the EU summit. The summit framework said the treaty would note that “nothing” in the Charter of Fundamental Rights – rights enjoyed by EU citizens and residents –...
  • European mayhem as Treaty triggers UK's exit [?]

    09/03/2007 6:02:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/3/2007 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    British withdrawal from the EU is coming into sharper focus, with all the grave consequences that will ensue for the Atlantic order and the cause of market liberalism. For this we can thank those who recklessly - or mischievously - chose to revive the European Constitution after rejection by the French and Dutch people, when common sense urged Brussels to lie low, lick its wounds, and rediscover patience. By reopening this can of worms, they have already let France's Nicolas Sarkozy excise the clause "free and undistorted competition" from the core objectives of the Union. Adieu to the single market,...
  • The EU Constitution is Back and More Dangerous than Ever!

    07/25/2007 7:19:26 AM PDT · by penowa · 12 replies · 548+ views
    Do you remember the European Constitution? Yes, the one rejected by the French and Dutch? That same European Constitution on which the Labour Government promised the British people a referendum before the last General Election? Well, it's back with a vengeance. Like some old Hammer horror movie, the constitution has returned from the dead, now repackaged as a 'treaty.' The so-called 'new' EU Treaty has all the same ingredients as the old constitution. In fact, it was revealed yesterday that it is 96 per cent identical to the old constitution. And so the response to this newly repackaged threat to...
  • EU Constitution: Next Move?

    07/05/2007 6:07:54 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 8 replies · 440+ views ^ | July 5, 2007 | Roger F. Gay
    The proposed EU constitution met with defeat in 2005. As predicted (see link in article to left) supporters found a way around the democratic process. They have reintroduced a barely modified version as a treaty to avoid public referenda.In view of this development, I think readers should be aware of the research and analysis of Vladimir Bukovksy, the 64-year old former Soviet dissident who fears (as I do) that the European Union is on its way to becoming another Soviet Union. In a speech delivered in Brussels (February, 2006), Mr Bukovsky called the EU a “monster” that must be...
  • EU Bosses Attempt to Sneak Constitution into Effect

    06/14/2007 2:02:00 PM PDT · by RogerFGay · 13 replies · 628+ views ^ | June 14, 2007 | Roger F. Gay
    The proposed EU Constitution was defeated by a public referendum in France in May of 2005. According to the rules, this democratic process put an end to it. But as soon as the defeat was clear, it began to look as though its sponsors were not about to let democracy stand in their way. (article)This week, European citizens are bracing for the new sales pitch. This time however, they will not be allowed to vote. After the defeat, the process continued to test the political machinery. In most cases in which parliaments rather than citizens decided, the constitution was...
  • Talks on EU Constitution

    06/01/2007 7:08:25 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 411+ views ^ | 06/01/2007 |
    Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern in Berlin last night to discuss how to resurrect a new constitution for the European Union. Reinfeldt expressed his support for the Germans’ efforts to come up with a draft that all 27 EU countries can accept, after voters in the Netherlands and France rejected the proposed constitution in 2005. After the meeting he said Sweden’s views were heard, and the meeting was part of efforts to get Sweden to play a more constructive role in EU affairs. Germany has held the rotating...
  • Europe diary: Europe (EU) and the world

    03/29/2007 2:37:03 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 282+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2007 | Mark Mardell
    29 March 2007 BBC Europe editor Mark Mardell on the European Union's growing, but often unrecognised, role in the field of foreign policy, and continuing support for the idea of an EU foreign minister. The diary is published every Thursday. To always see the latest edition, please click here and bookmark this page. FINGER-WAGGING EU peacekeepers have been very active in the Balkans Do tyrants cower when the European Parliament denounces their misdeeds? I thought we were going to find out this week. After all, the parliament passes regular motions condemning appalling behaviour, here there and everywhere. They've just...
  • EU faces months of wrangling (EU constitution).

    03/26/2007 12:40:15 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 4 replies · 536+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 26, 2007
    By Mark Mardell BBC Europe editor Angela Merkel is in the driving seat and going at breakneck speed Straight after the signing, Germany's leader nearly got left behind. As the other 26 leaders waited on the bus that was to take them to the Brandenburg gate, Mrs Merkel had to push her way through the crowd, waving slightly anxiously, trying to catch up. But this in no way works as a metaphor. Politically speaking Mrs Merkel is behind the wheel, driving at breakneck speed. The Germans want a new treaty to renew the political shape of Europe and "renew...
  • Merkel lobbies Poles on EU treaty

    03/16/2007 1:22:26 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 13 replies · 318+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, March 16, 2007
    Several issues divide Chancellor Merkel and President Kaczynski Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Poland to back Germany's efforts to get an EU constitution adopted by 2009. Speaking in Warsaw, she warned that failure on the constitution would be "an historic missed opportunity". Germany is the current EU president. Mrs Merkel is holding talks with Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his twin brother, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Relations between Germany and Poland have been strained in recent months. The Polish government has expressed strong reservations about the EU constitution. Instead it is hoping to push for a new, slimmed-down...
  • Hitler's On the Verge of Victory

    11/28/2006 6:23:10 AM PST · by GOP_Thug_Mom · 20 replies · 923+ views
    The ^ | 11/26/06 | Nigel Nelson
    26 November 2006 HITLER'S ON THE VERGE OF VICTORY By Nigel Nelson HITLER'S dream is about to come true - with a Treaty of BERLIN next year. Britain and other EU countries will be tied to a single European constitution if German Chancellor Angela Merkel has her way. And the treaty would come into force on the 75th anniversary of Hitler coming to power. The power-crazed EU plan was scuppered two years ago by voters in France and Holland. But now Frau Merkel wants to use Germany's six-month EU presidency to push it through at a summit in Berlin on...
  • Oh No, There Is the Constitution Again

    09/20/2006 11:25:39 AM PDT · by freedom moose · 10 replies · 413+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | September 18th 2006 | James McConaloque
    After French and Dutch voters rejected the EU Constitution in 2005, most nation’s expected the majority ‘No’ vote to mark the end of a shared EU constitution. This appears not to be case. A slimmed down version of the treaty is being created by national parliaments across Europe – by old and new members – in a recovery attempt to initiate a brief and condensed version of the rejected constitution. Potential future prime ministers and presidents are so confident of the new repackaged “mini treaty” that they have begun to sell it to electorates, often without any signs of research...
  • Sarkozy: I will revive the EU constitution and exclude Turkey

    09/09/2006 12:48:05 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies · 399+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | September 08, 2006 | David Charter
    Nicolas Sarkozy today put Europe on notice that he aims to revive a "mini constitution" and exclude Turkey from membership should he win the French presidency next year. Britain would lose its national veto over EU decisions in a move to "super-qualified majority voting" under a wide-ranging reform agenda outlined by the French Interior Minister and leading candidate from the centre-Right. Segolene Royal, a top contender for the presidency from the Socialist Party, will now be expected to set out a rival vision when she visits Brussels next week. M Sarkozy told Europe’s capitals today that national parliaments could decide...
  • Christian values and the EU constitution

    09/07/2006 11:24:17 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 346+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 07.09.06 | Michal Kubicki
    Christian values and the EU constitution Chancellor Merkel’s statements on a future EU constitution are in line with the Polish government’s. Michal Kubicki reports 07.09.06 Polish conservative leaders have long made it clear that they would not put the European Union’s draft constitution to a referendum because it was sure to be rejected. During a recent visit to Brussels, the Polish prime minister stressed, however, that Poland was ready to work constructively to overcome the crisis on the issue. The latest remarks by the German Chancellor on the EU constitution are in line with what Warsaw has advocated right from...
  • Merkel wants Christ in EU constitution

    08/30/2006 5:38:48 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 39 replies · 1,080+ views
    Merkel wants Christ in EU constitution LONDON, August 29 (UPI) — Germany's chancellor says Europe's Christian values should be enshrined in a new version of the European constitution. Angela Merkel made the suggestion shortly after a visit in Italy with Pope Benedict XVI, the Guardian reported Tuesday. "We spoke about freedom of religion," she said. "We spoke about the role of Europe and I emphasized the need for a constitution and that it should refer to our Christian values." Germany assumes the EU's rotating presidency in January, and Merkel is expected to use the position to revive objections against...
  • Merkel backs more Christian EU constitution

    08/28/2006 8:09:25 PM PDT · by jdm · 59 replies · 927+ views
    Europe's "Christian values" should be enshrined in a new version of the EU constitution, the German chancellor declared yesterday after meeting the Pope. In remarks which will reopen the debate on religion in the EU, Angela Merkel threw her weight behind Pope Benedict's campaign to recognise Europe's Christian heritage. "We spoke about freedom of religion," she said after talks at the Pope's summer residence near Rome. "We spoke about the role of Europe and I emphasised the need for a constitution and that it should refer to our Christian values." Mrs Merkel will take charge of efforts to revive the...
  • Europe one year after the rejection of the UN constitution:

    05/30/2006 3:04:58 PM PDT · by billorites · 4 replies · 264+ views
    Helsingin Sanomat ^ | May 27, 2006 | Tellervo Yrjämä-Rantioja
    Europe has been pausing for reflection over the proposed constitution for the European Union for nearly a year now. In late May and early June last year Europe stopped, as if had run into a wall, when the French and Dutch rejected the European Union constitution in their referendum.       The referendum was frozen for a year. At the summit in June, the leaders of the EU countries are to ponder the crisis.       No solution is being seriously sought before the French Presidential elections next spring. Many have pronounced the constitution dead, and just as many have been trying...
  • EU constitution is a ‘holy text’

    03/30/2006 4:51:08 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 14 replies · 394+ views ^ | Thu, 30 Mar 2006 18:16:33 | Bruno Waterfield
    EU constitution is a ‘holy text’ The EU constitution is a “holy text”, the leader of the European parliament’s centre right Hans-Gert Poettering told the Pope on Thursday. The German MEP used an audience with Pope Benedict XVI to assert the European People’s Party’s Christian and conservative credentials. He told the Catholic pontiff that the spirit of the EU constitution would live on even if the text could not be resurrected after French and Dutch referendum rejections. “[We] fought for a reference to God in the European constitution. Although we were not successful, we are proud of having done so....
  • Tiny island that's ready to stop Europe in its tracks

    02/15/2006 1:42:31 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 58 replies · 2,394+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | February 15, 2006 | David Rennie
    In the decade since they voted to join the European Union the islanders of the Aland archipelago in the Baltic Sea have been outvoted and overruled by Brussels, time and again.Now Aland, a unique, autonomous region of Finland, is about to teach Brussels a lesson in democracy it may never forget. Shopkeeper Alf-Erik, in Aland, a revolt by islanders has been brewing for some time Thanks to a quirk of early 20th-century history, Aland's 26,000 people are essentially sovereign co-rulers of their home nation of Finland. As such, they can veto any international treaty that Finland wants to enter, including...
  • Estonia to start ratifying the EU Constitution in February (the UnConstitution returns)

    01/26/2006 10:57:40 PM PST · by jb6 · 4 replies · 230+ views
    regnum ^ | 17.01.2006
    On January 16, the Constitutional Commission of the Estonian Parliament sent for the first parliamentary reading a bill on the ratification of the European Constitution. The commissioners propose adopting the bill in the first reading on February 8, the press service of the Riigikogu informs REGNUM. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet says that the European Constitution is useful for the country and there are no reasons for not considering or ratifying it. Today moods in Europe are quite different from what they were a year before, when France and the Netherlands rejected the Constitution. To remind, supporting the bill in...
  • Polish ruling party says EU constitution 'dead'

    01/22/2006 2:33:01 PM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 457+ views ^ | 16.01.2006 | Andrew Rettman
    Polish ruling party says EU constitution 'dead' 16.01.2006 - 17:25 CET | By Andrew Rettman EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The Polish ruling party, Law and Justice, believes Vienna is "wasting time" trying to revive the "dead" EU constitution and should focus on more pressing matters such as the services directive instead. "The constitution must be ratified by all. The decisions of France and the Netherlands closed the matter," Law and Justice party spokesman Adam Bielan told EUobserver on Monday (16 January). Senior party member Artur Zawisza indicated that Poland's Law and Justice-led government has not made any official statement on...
  • Chirac and Merkel clash over EU constitution

    01/11/2006 7:48:32 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 22 replies · 768+ views
    French plans to break the EU’s constitutional deadlock have put the country on a collision course with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. French President Jacque Chirac’s plans to ratify the less controversial parts of the treaty “in the framework of the current treaties”, has been rejected by Merkel. Berlin insists that ‘cherry-picking’ aspects of the text would “seriously damage the overall balance” of the constitution. In one of his numerous new year’s speeches, Chirac also reiterated French calls for a “pioneer group” to drive Europe forward on Tuesday. But Berlin rejects calls to speed up European integration around a group of...
  • Austrian leader suggests re-run of EU constitution polls

    08/16/2005 6:25:43 AM PDT · by Alex Marko · 5 replies · 440+ views
    Austrian chancellor Wolfgang Schussel has suggested that the EU constitution could be put to voters in France and the Netherlands once again in two years time. In an interview with German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Mr Schussel said there must be a reaction from the EU if French and Dutch voters said No to the constitution for a series of reasons. He suggested that slowing down enlargement may be a way to reassure these voters. "People fear an over expansion of the EU through the accession of Turkey, Ukraine and further countries", said the chancellor, whose country takes over the...
  • EU constitution - dead or alive?

    07/11/2005 10:54:48 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 18 replies · 452+ views
    EU Observer ^ | July 11, 2005 | Roger F. Gay
    EU constitution - dead or alive?11.07.2005 - 11:43 CET | By Lisbeth KirkPrime minister Jean-Claude Juncker is still the political leader of his country. And the future of the EU constitution remains uncertain. Following the vote on the Constitution on Sunday, not much has really changed. The draft constitution was supported by 56.52 percent in Sunday’s poll, but 43.48 percent voted against the charter in one of Europe’s most EU positive member states. In a country that receives more EU money per capita than any other, the no's gains up to the vote were surprising, though this meant little...
  • Free to take exceptions to 'free trade'

    06/29/2005 7:25:15 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 131 replies · 1,041+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | Wednesday, June 15, 2005 | GREGORY CLARK
    The harsh treatment handed out to European Union ideals by French and Dutch voters this month was in part a reaction to excessive EU bureaucracy and expansionism. But it was also a gut rejection of so-called globalization -- the foolish effort to deny economic and social differences between nations. The idea, for example, that EU governments could be fined for not submitting to EU-imposed fiscal and free-trade policies was absurd from the start. Some nations need to protect economies and industries; some don't. Ironically, the same EU now threatens anti-free trade, protectionist fines to keep Chinese textiles at bay. Conventional...
  • Theologian Suggests U.S. Learn from Europe's Shift Toward Secularism

    06/27/2005 7:09:32 AM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 335+ views
    AgapePress ^ | 6/15/05 | Ed Thomas
    (AgapePress) - A theologian and author sees the recent two-nation rejection vote of the European Union constitution in a positive light, saying it slowed down the rush to establish a more secular Europe. But he warns the U.S. to take note of the effect increased secularism can have on a nation's traditional family structure. George Weigel says Europe is in a dangerous spiritual and population decline -- one that would be accelerated with the secular landscape that the EU constitution would create in its current form, and ignore the continent's 1,500-year Christian history. That viewpoint is examined in his book...
  • Poland indefinitely delays EU constitution vote

    06/23/2005 2:04:45 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 19 replies · 409+ views
    AFP ^ | June 21, 2005
    WARSAW (AFP) - Poland indefinitely delayed a referendum on the EU constitution, with President Aleksander Kwasniewski saying plans to hold the vote later this year were unrealistic, after the text was dealt a body blow by French and Dutch no votes. "Holding a referendum in October is unrealistic," Kwasniewski told reporters after holding talks on the beleaguered EU constitution with Prime Minister Marek Belka and parliamentary speaker Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz. "We should hold a referendum but when to do so is still unclear," he said, adding that the popular vote on the EU text would be held "later rather than sooner,...
  • The EU Constitution and Europe's Democratic Deficit

    06/22/2005 9:53:51 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 229+ views
    The Heritage Foundation [Lecture #887] ^ | June 22, 2005 | Lee A. Casey
    would argue that, from the perspective of the United States, the defeat of the European Union Constitution in France and Holland was a very positive development. This is so not merely because that document was flawed, but because its rejection was a severe blow to the “European Project” itself. Defeat of the EU Constitution offers the United States an opportunity to rethink its approach to the question of further European integration, and it is an opportunity Americans should take. I understand that not all Americans, and not all American conservatives, would agree. Support for ever closer European integration has, in...
  • The "No" Vote Was So Typically French

    06/22/2005 11:01:05 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 12 replies · 547+ views
    Liberte Cherie (France) ^ | June 22, 2005 | Veronique de Rugy
    Should we cry or should we laugh? French voters recently rejected the proposed European constitution. The rejection left President Jacques Chirac in political limbo and the bureaucrats in Brussels in shock. French voters were concerned the EU had grown too fast in recent years and they opposed giving more power to the bureaucrats in Brussels to regulate their everyday life. They were also voting against the French government for failing to strengthen the economy and reduce unemployment. But that does not mean that a free market and a free society will now reign in France. Quite the opposite. But sometimes...
  • Failed Summit Talks Expose Union Abyss (European Union Collapse)

    06/18/2005 8:47:06 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 481+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6/19/05 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    BRUSSELS, June 18 - Something shattered in Europe on Friday night. The leaders of the 25 European Union nations went home after a failed two-day summit meeting in anger and in shame, as domestic politics and national interests defeated lofty notions of sacrifice and solidarity for the benefit of all. The battle over money and the shelving of the bloc's historic constitution, after the crushing no votes in France and the Netherlands, stripped away all pretense of an organization with a common vision and reflected the fears of many leaders in the face of rising popular opposition to the project...
  • Giscard regrets constitution sent to French people for vote

    06/17/2005 6:25:24 AM PDT · by Alex Marko · 13 replies · 574+ views
    It was a crucial mistake to send out the entire constitution to every French voter, the architect of the EU's first constitution Valéry Giscard d'Estaing has said in an interview. In an interview with the New York Times, his first since the French rejection of the constitution two weeks ago, the former French president apportions most of the blame to president Jacques Chirac for failure in the referendum campaign. One crucial mistake was to send out the entire three-part, 448-article document to every French voter, said Mr Giscard. Over the phone he had warned Mr Chirac already in March: "I...
  • Why the Gallic grassroots just said 'non!' ("Red states" and "Blue states" in France)

    06/16/2005 7:41:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 609+ views ^ | 6/16/05 | Clifford D. May
    It seems that France, too, has “red states” and “blue states.” Paris and its posh suburbs are blue: They voted for the proposed European Union constitution, a document that promised to bring together the diverse peoples of 25 European nations under a single political and economic system. By contrast, color red the factory towns of northern France, the high-unemployment Mediterranean south and this mostly rural south-western region, where voters overwhelmingly rejected the plans proposed by France's elites. The non voters prevailed by a wide margin. The elites have responded by calling them ignorant, fearful -- even racist. Perhaps some are....
  • Suggestions for the EU Constitution

    06/16/2005 3:03:59 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 16 replies · 488+ views ^ | June 15, 2005 | Roger F. Gay
    Suggestions for the EU Constitution June 15, 2005 by Roger F. Gay Leaders of EU member states are scheduled to meet in Brussels Thursday to discuss the future of the proposed EU Constitution. The proposal requires ratification in all member states to take effect and has already been defeated in public referendums in France and The Netherlands. Of the ten countries out of twenty-five that ratified the proposal only one, Spain, passed by public referendum.The proposed constitution would shift power on domestic policy from states to Brussels and nearly eliminate democracy, as we know it, in Europe. Polls have...
  • Giscard regrets constitution sent to French people

    06/15/2005 7:51:39 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 51 replies · 1,060+ views
    EU Observer ^ | 6/15/05 | Lisbeth Kirk
    It was a crucial mistake to send out the entire constitution to every French voter, the architect of the EU's first constitution Valéry Giscard d'Estaing has said in an interview. In an interview with the New York Times, his first since the French rejection of the constitution two weeks ago, the former French president apportions most of the blame to president Jacques Chirac for failure in the referendum campaign. One crucial mistake was to send out the entire three-part, 448-article document to every French voter, said Mr Giscard. Over the phone he had warned Mr Chirac already in March: "I...
  • Majority would reject treaty in EU poll (GOOD!)

    06/14/2005 3:24:13 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 15 replies · 457+ views via ^ | Tuesday, 14th June, 2005 | Not stated
    A greater number of voters believe a referendum on the EU constitution should go ahead in the Republic despite its rejection by the French and Dutch people, but more would vote to reject than ratify it, according to the latest Irish Times/TNS mrbi opinion poll, writes Mark Brennock, Chief Political Correspondent. Some 45 per cent believe the referendum should go ahead, 34 per cent that it should not and 21 per cent don't know or have no opinion. Should the referendum proceed, 35 per cent would vote to reject the constitution, 30 per cent to accept it, while 35 per...
  • France Buries The EU Constitution (Doomed!)

    06/13/2005 7:30:53 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 1,001+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-14-2005 | David Rennie
    France buries the EU constitution By David Rennie in Luxembourg (Filed: 14/06/2005) France performed a historic about-turn yesterday and abandoned the European Union constitution to its fate, dropping demands that other nations ratify the treaty. The unexpected move appeared to seal the constitution's doom, even if its most passionate supporters still refuse to accept its demise for several months more. Days before a crisis EU summit, Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French foreign minister, simply waived Paris's insistence that the treaty still be put to the vote, country by country. Philippe Douste-Blazy "Our humble and modest position says we simply respect the...
  • Danes rethink EU referendum plan

    06/13/2005 1:36:46 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 679+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 13, 2005
    Per Stig Moeller wants a clear advice on the future of the treaty Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller has suggested that his country's referendum on the EU constitution may be called off.Danes had been due to take part in a legally binding vote on 27 September, but the re-think follows the French and Dutch rejection of the treaty. Mr Moeller said he did not expect EU leaders meeting this week to give a clear answer on the fate of the text. The charter has been ratified by 10 of the 25 member states so far. EU foreign ministers...