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  • Sweden: Who needs NATO when you have the Lisbon Treaty?

    04/22/2013 9:06:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.04.13 @ 17:50 | Andrew Rettman
    Swedish defense minister Karin Enstrom has said her country is not in NATO partly because the EU treaty contains its own security guarantee. Speaking to EUobserver at the GLOBSEC conference in Bratislava on Saturday (20 April), she said: “If you really read it, the Lisbon Treaty says you must support your EU neighbors with all the necessary means.” Referring to Lisbon’s article 42.7, she noted: “Since the EU is not a military alliance, it’s not like article five [NATO’s collective security clause], but there is this line which says all EU member states must support any other member state if...
  • How What is Happening in the European Union has Prophetic Implications (Dispensational Caucus)

    12/10/2011 3:37:26 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 7 replies
    EndTimeBlogspot ^ | December 10, 2011 | Unattributed
    The prophecies are not just about pointing to literal events prophesied to happen, such as the destruction of Damascus or the attack by Iran and Russia on Israel. The prophesies also describe the states of mind and emotional turmoil that will accompany the conditions that God is setting up for His final pieces to be fulfilled. This essay is about the emotional and mental conditions that are prophesied and are already here. First, this excerpt from the Sydney Morning Herald-- EU Leaders Roll the Dice as Eurogeddon Looms 'Eurogeddon'? Interesting way to put it. "Could the Euro be saved? After...
  • The EU threatens the Special Relationship: David Cameron must reject Brussels' Washington power play

    08/14/2010 8:34:19 AM PDT · by parisa · 2 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8-13-2010 | Neil Gardiner
    James Kirkup and Robert Winnett’s excellent piece for The Telegraph should be the first item the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary read this morning. The article is important because it reveals in stark terms exactly what the Treaty of Lisbon is all about in the minds of the unelected Brussels elites – a golden opportunity to dramatically expand the supranational powers of the EU over the affairs of independent European nation states, including that of Great Britain. The Telegraph article records the views of the EU’s newly installed Ambassador to the United States, Joao Vale de Almeida, who now claims...
  • EU Foreign Policymaking Post-Lisbon: Confused and Contrived

    03/18/2010 8:04:00 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 131+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 16, 2010 | Sally McNamara
    Abstract: The European Union finally succeeded in ramming through introduction of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009. The treaty was touted by the powers in Brussels as the vehicle that would create the long-awaited "single phone line" to Europe. Lisbon was to streamline the gargantuan EU bureaucracy and make communication between the two sides of the Atlantic smooth and tidy. Instead, the mess is worse than before, with five EU "presidents" tripping over each other and confusing Washington with ill-defined, overlapping, and flat-out confusing roles and foreign policy objectives. The Lisbon Treaty essentially allows the EU a foreign policy power-grab,...
  • EU Sees Dreams of Power Wane as 'G-2' Rises

    01/29/2010 4:46:35 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 386+ views
    WSJ ^ | 1/26/2010 | MARCUS WALKER
    This year, the 27-nation European Union was supposed to come of age as an actor on the world stage, bolstered by the Lisbon Treaty, which streamlines the EU's cumbersome institutions. Instead, Europe is starting to look like the loser in a new geopolitical order dominated by the U.S. and emerging powers led by China. When the world's policy and economic elite gather Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum, much of the talk will be about the rise of a "G-2" world where the U.S. and China are the most important players. A growing number of European...
  • Dooming Europe

    12/29/2009 4:07:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies · 777+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 29, 2009 | Pamela Geller
    "The Europe as you know it from visiting, from your parents, or friends is on the verge of collapsing." Geert Wilders said this in a speech he made in the U.S. last year. He went on: "We are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter Europe's destiny and might send the continent in what Ronald Reagan called 'a thousand years of darkness.'" This applies not just to Europe, but to America as well. Been to Europe lately? Thought it was bad? You ain't seen nothing yet. The passage of the Lisbon Treaty, hailed by Barack Obama, nailed the coffin...
  • A Brief Biblical Perspective on the Lisbon Treaty and the New E.U. Presidency

    12/10/2009 10:15:39 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 264+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 11/28/09 | Dr. Robert Congdon
    The Lisbon Treaty is Ratified The Lisbon Treaty is a reformatted "treaty" to replace the constitution thatfailed ratification owing to the French and Dutch rejection of it a few years ago. As is typical for the EU, they merely repackaged it, renamed it, and passed it by having the individual nation's parliaments approved it, instead of allowing the people to vote on it (Ireland was an exception to this). Jean Monnet, the true founder of the EU, suggested that to obtain passage of significant matters in the EU; never allow the people to vote onthe issue. That advice is now...
  • European Union Treaty to Make EU More Powerful

    12/01/2009 9:45:52 PM PST · by myknowledge · 11 replies · 670+ views
    VOA News ^ | December 1, 2009 | Lisa Bryant
    The European Union's Lisbon Treaty has come into force with the aim of streamlining EU decision-making. The first EU president also took office along with the bloc's new foreign policy chief. The European Union welcomed the Lisbon Treaty with a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal where the text was first signed. Getting all 27 EU states to ratify it however, was a long and arduous process that was only completed last month. The new treaty lays out a series of fundamental changes within the European Union, including creating the bloc's first permanent president. That job has gone to former Belgian prime...
  • At midnight last night, the United Kingdom ceased to be a sovereign state

    12/01/2009 6:00:51 AM PST · by markomalley · 57 replies · 3,460+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/1/2009 | Daniel Hannon
    We woke up in a different country today. Alright, it doesn’t look very different. The trees still seem black against the winter sun; the motorways continue to jam inexplicably; commuters carry on avoiding eye contact. But Britain is no longer a sovereign nation. At midnight last night, we ceased to be an independent state, bound by international treaty to other independent states, and became instead a subordinate unit within a European state. Yes, a European state. Take a quick dekko at the definition set out in Article One of the1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States: “The...
  • 500 Million New Terrorists!

    11/17/2009 3:48:06 PM PST · by opentalk · 1 replies · 329+ views
    pravda ^ | 16.11.2009 | Hans Vogel
    The world is becoming unsafer by the day. Before the end of November, half a billion new terrorists will be added to the list kept by the US government. On November 30, one day before the Lisbon Treaty is scheduled to take effect, the ministers of justice of the EU's 27 member states will sign yet another security agreement with the US. It is supposed to be an essential weapon in the global “War on Terror” the US claims to be fighting. Under the new agreement, the US government will get access to all the banking data of all Europeans....
  • Sold out to Europe by generations of weak, lying leaders

    11/05/2009 7:30:48 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies · 533+ views
    Daily Express Britain ^ | November 5,2009 | Leo McKinstry
    IN September 1962, amidst a growing public debate about the possibility of Britain joining the European Community, the Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell told his party’s conference: “We must be clear about this: it does mean, if this is the idea, the end of Britain as an independent European state. It means the end of a thousand years of history.” With each passing decade the wisdom of his words has become ever more apparent as our nationhood has been systematically demolished by the insidious process of European integration. The drive by the Eurocrats to impose the Lisbon Treaty has made a...
  • Future world order and world parliament discussed at Bahá’í conference

    11/04/2009 1:11:36 PM PST · by FromLori · 27 replies · 1,032+ views
    This year's conference of the Francophone European Association for Bahá’í Studies (Association francophone européenne des études bahá’íes, AFEEB) on 24 and 25 October 2009 in Luxembourg discussed the future world order and global governance. The programme included a presentation of the concept of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) by the Chairman of the Committee for a Democratic U.N., Andreas Bummel. Outlining the path towards a directly elected world parliament, Mr Bummel stressed the "spiritual dimension" of the efforts. "The establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly would represent a changed consciousness. For the first time in human history such a...
  • Czech President Vaclav Klaus signs EU Lisbon Treaty into law

    11/03/2009 6:26:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 612+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/3/2009 | Bruno Waterfield, Brussels
    Mr Klaus was the last head of state to sign the Treaty. It now has legal force across the European Union's 27 countries. "I announce that I signed the Lisbon Treaty at 15.00 [2pm GMT] today," said Mr Klaus, speaking in the Czech capital, Prague. He had signalled he would put pen to paper after getting a British-style opt-out to the Charter of Fundamental Rights at an EU summit in Brussels last week. Gordon Brown earlier welcomed the final ruling by the Czech constitutional court that the Lisbon Treaty would not damage Czech sovereignty. Like other European leaders, the British...
  • UK: [Tory Party leader] David Cameron to tell voters: no vote on Lisbon Treaty

    11/02/2009 3:42:40 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 704+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/2/2009 | James Kirkup,
    Conservative government will not give a referendum on the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty. The Tory party leader’s admission, which could come as early as Tuesday, will bring accusations that he has broken clear promises to grant a popular vote on the treaty. Mr Cameron gave voters an “iron-clad” promise in 2007 that a Conservative government would hold a popular vote on Lisbon. And, in May this year, he said: "A progressive reform agenda demands that we redistribute power from the EU to Britain and from judges to the people. We will therefore hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty." But...
  • Czech court hears EU treaty case- Opponents Treaty infringes Czech sovereignty

    10/27/2009 6:35:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 3 replies · 243+ views
    BBC ^ | 27 October 2009 | BBCnews
    The Czech Constitutional Court is hearing what could be the last legal challenge to the EU's Lisbon Treaty. It has begun considering a case brought by 17 Eurosceptic senators who say the treaty would create a superstate, and as such infringes Czech sovereignty. The treaty, which aims to streamline the way the EU is run, must be approved by all 27 member countries before it can become law. The Czech Republic is the only country which has yet to sign. The 15-member Czech Constitutional Court panel has convened in the city of Brno.
  • Czech Cabinet in emergency session to force President Klaus to sign Lisbon treaty

    10/11/2009 1:59:44 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 43 replies · 4,443+ views
    The Czech Cabinet meets in emergency session today to consider how to persuade their stubborn President to sign the Lisbon treaty — under intense pressure from Paris and Berlin to complete the ratification as soon as possible. With President Klaus demanding a last-minute amendment as the price of his signature — the final approval required in the 27-nation European Union — the Government is locked in a trial of strength with its head of state and on the brink of a constitutional crisis. If it supports his demands the treaty might have to be reopened amid lengthy delays, possibly allowing...
  • EU: President of Poland signs Lisbon Treaty

    10/10/2009 10:24:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 644+ views
    The Telegraph | 10/10/2009 | Matthew Day in Warsaw
    Lech Kaczynski, Poland’s president, has signed the Lisbon treaty, leaving the Czech Republic the only country yet to ratify the controversial European Union reform plan. Flanked by José Manuel Barroso, the head of the European commission, and the Polish president of the European parliament, Jerzy Buzek, Mr Kaczynski put his signature to the treaty in Warsaw. “The fact that the Irish people changed their minds meant the revival of the treaty, and there are no longer any obstacles to its ratification,” said Mr Kaczynski in a short speech, adding that it was a “historic” day for both Poland and the...
  • Lisbon treaty turmoil as Czechs demand opt-out

    10/09/2009 10:45:47 PM PDT · by lowbuck · 6 replies · 724+ views
    The Guardian (London) ^ | 9 October 2009 | Ian Traynor
    Vaclav Klaus, the anti-EU president of the Czech Republic, today moved to re–open the union's ill-starred Lisbon treaty, stirring exasperation in Brussels, Berlin, and Paris by demanding that Prague be granted exemptions from parts of the reform blueprint. snip . . . Member states and Brussels are desperate to get the treaty in place before the UK election next year, to lessen the chances of a referendum on the document in Britain. The Conservative party leader, David Cameron, has pledged to stage a referendum if he takes office with the treaty not fully ratified.
  • The Irish Government ran a fraudulent and illegal campaign for the Lisbon Treaty

    10/08/2009 6:44:04 AM PDT · by Tax-chick · 9 replies · 531+ views
    NationalPlatform.org (Europe) ^ | October 4, 2009 | Alan K.
    The facts outlined below will prove that the Lisbon Treaty Referendum of 2/10/09 is Null and Void under Irish and European law. I present two separate points that shall subsequently be proven: I. Numerous violations of Irish Referendum law and discrepancies that call into question the security and validity of the votes themselves, default the Irish vote to the result of the last Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. II. The Irish Government, alongside the European Commission ran a fraudulent and illegal campaign for the Lisbon Treaty Referendum. If everybody reading this downloaded the printable version and filed it with the...
  • Polish president to sign EU treaty Sunday-aide

    10/08/2009 3:08:12 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 609+ views
    Reuters India ^ | October 8, 2009 | Gabriela Baczynska and Pawel Florkiewicz
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Lech Kaczynski will sign the European Union's Lisbon Treaty into law on Sunday October 11, a presidential aide said on Thursday. Poland and the Czech Republic are the only countries in the 27-member EU still to ratify the treaty after Irish voters overwhelmingly backed the document in a referendum last Friday. The treaty aims to streamline EU decision-making. It has to be ratified by all 27 member states to come into force. "The president keeps his word. He said he will sign the treaty with no delays if the Irish say 'yes'. On Sunday he...
  • EU relief as Ireland backs treaty in new poll

    10/03/2009 6:52:18 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 10 replies · 1,016+ views
    WA Today ^ | October 3, 2009
    Ireland voted strongly in favour of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, overturning a stunning No vote and taking a key step towards ending the 27-nation bloc's deadlock, ministers said Saturday. Europe Minister Dick Roche told AFP he expected "overwhelming" backing for the treaty in a second referendum, called after a June 2008 No vote, while Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin predicted a "convincing win." The No camp conceded defeat even before official results were published, after informal exit polls pointed to a 60 per cent vote in favour of the treaty -- designed to streamline decision-making in the expanding European...
  • Czech leader is holding the door open for the UK to sink Lisbon (Czechs alone against 4th Reich)

    10/03/2009 3:16:51 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 28 replies · 2,069+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 03rd October 2009 | John Laughland
    The Irish Yes to the Lisbon Treaty has been greeted with whoops of joy by the European establishment from Cork to Cracow. But the long battle over Lisbon is not over. The spotlight now falls on the Czech Republic and its President, Vaclav Klaus. EU elites may have successfully defeated democracy for the fifth time – they overrode the Danish No to Maastricht in 1992, the Irish No to Nice in 2001, and the Dutch and French Nos to the European Constitution (the forerunner of Lisbon) in 2005. But the Lisbon Treaty still remains unratified in two Central European states...
  • Irish PM formally declares victory for yes side in European Union Lisbon treaty referendum

    10/03/2009 7:04:27 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 45 replies · 3,402+ views
    Breaking News via Twitter | Oct 3, 2009
    Irish PM formally declares victory for yes side in European Union Lisbon treaty referendum.
  • Row over bankers threatens Irish Lisbon vote

    10/02/2009 12:16:43 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 317+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 10/2/2009 | John Murray Brown in Dublin
    A political row over the Irish government’s failure to force the former chairman of a state-owned bank to meet his debt obligations is threatening to undermine support for the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty on the eve of a crucial referendum. Although the most recent polls, released last weekend, gave the Yes vote a comfortable lead, a senior Labour party official said on Thursday that recent financial scandals could persuade a large proportion of undecided voters to vote No. “It is a worrying trend that has been continuing for the best part of the week,” said Joe Costello, the party’s European...
  • The Truth About The Irish Economy (Lisbon Treaty -one world order beginning in EU ?)

    09/27/2009 2:31:37 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies · 992+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9-27-09 | Derek Scott
    The Mad Hatter told Alice that "words mean what you want them to mean." He would have been at home in the European Union, where "no" means "yes" and political propaganda is passed off as information. If Ireland votes No to the Lisbon Treaty, the EU will continue and Ireland will be part of it, but if they vote Yes the Irish will find they have even less leverage in Europe than today. In the course of the second referendum campaign in Ireland some extraordinary claims have been made about the economic consequences of voting No: it would frighten investors,...
  • Czech Republic 'planning to delay signing Lisbon treaty'

    09/20/2009 8:41:37 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies · 824+ views
    The Times ^ | 9/21/2009 | David Charter in Brussels
    EU leaders are said to be furious that the Czech Republic is planning to delay signing the Lisbon treaty for up to six months even if the Irish vote "yes" in their referendum next month. The country might even try to delay it until after the British general election campaign when a Tory victory would see the question put to voters by David Cameron. Nicolas Sarkozy, who helped to draw up the treaty after the French and Dutch voted against its predecessor, the EU Constitution, has warned Prague that it faces "consequences" if it does not swiftly follow an Irish...
  • Sarkozy warns Czech president on EU treaty

    09/19/2009 2:24:59 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 13 replies · 1,041+ views
    EUObserver.com ^ | 18 September 2009 | Honor Mahony
    EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned the Czech Republic that it will have to face "consequences" if it continues to delay final ratification of the Lisbon Treaty following a Yes vote in a referendum in Ireland next month. Speaking after a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday (17 September), Mr Sarkozy was careful to praise Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer as a "man of great quality" before taking a clear sideswipe at the country's president, Vaclav Klaus, who has indicated he will postpone as long as possible putting his signature under the treaty -...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy under attack after EU president proposal

    10/24/2008 9:18:33 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 369+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/25/2008 | Bruno Waterfield in Brussels
    Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of making a power grab to install himself as president of the European Union, a post that no longer exists after the Irish rejected the Lisbon Treaty in June. The French president, who holds the EU's rotating six month presidency until the end of December, has dominated the international stage following the Russian invasion of Georgia in August and the global financial crisis in recent weeks. But he has dismayed Brussels diplomats and angered the Czech Republic, which takes over the EU presidency in January, by suggesting that countries belonging to the euro, with an...
  • Get Ready For Lisbon II - European Treaty will Prevail!

    09/11/2008 3:22:20 AM PDT · by Colosis · 2 replies · 204+ views
    Bendybananas ^ | 9-11-2008 | Bendybananas
    Ireland rejected the European Lisbon treaty comprehensively in a referendum this year. Now Irish and European politicians and are gearing up for another referendum or simply go over the voters heads and legislate this unreadable document into existence.
  • US Neocons Accused of Role in Irish 'No' Vote

    06/25/2008 3:02:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies · 134+ views
    spiegel.de ^ | 06/25/2008
    The words were clear: "Europe has powerful enemies on the other side of the Atlantic, gifted with considerable financial means." The speaker was France's Europe Minister Jean-Pierre Jouyet, addressing a pro-European rally in Lyon at the weekend. He was putting the blame for the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty on some surprising shoulders: neoconservatives in the United States. "The role of the American neocons was very important in the victory of the 'no,'" he said. ... One of the most powerful groups campaigning against the treaty was Libertas... There has been much speculation about where exactly the Libertas funding...
  • Britain ratifies EU Treaty

    06/18/2008 9:20:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 23 replies · 101+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/19/2008
    Britain has become the 19th European Union country to ratify the Lisbon Treaty without a referendum, after the EU Amendment Bill completed its passage through Parliament. A last-ditch Conservative attempt to delay ratification until the autumn was voted down in the House of Lords by a margin of 93, and peers later gave the Bill its third reading without a vote. Eurosceptic members of the European Parliament display posters calling on the EU to respect the outcome of Ireland's recent vote Royal Assent is expected to follow within 24 hours. Parliamentary ratification came on the eve of an EU summit...
  • How EU Leaders Are Trying to Rescue the Lisbon Treaty

    06/23/2008 11:50:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 66+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 06/23/2008 | Dirk Kurbjuweit
    Last week's summit in Brussels failed to resolve the EU crisis caused by the Irish "no" to the Lisbon Treaty. But Europe's politicians are determined to avoid asking the people their opinion. And they are right to do so. REUTERS Would you buy a used treaty from these people? This must be the biggest collection of scoundrels in the world. There are 27 of them. No, more: It's not just the heads of state and government who are here, but also the foreign ministers. Sitting there at their enormous table, they seem to be chatting amiably, but it's far less...
  • The future of the European Union (Just bury it)

    06/21/2008 6:24:09 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 5 replies · 146+ views
    The Economist ^ | Jun 19th 2008 | Staff
    It is time to accept that the Lisbon treaty is dead. The European Union can get along well enough without it VOTERS have once again shot an arrow into the heart of a European Union treaty. This time it was the Irish, who voted no to the Lisbon treaty on June 12th by 53-47%, on a high turnout. They follow the French and Dutch, who rejected Lisbon's predecessor, the EU constitution, in 2005. In 2001 the Irish also turned down the Nice treaty, but the Danes started this game when they voted against the Maastricht treaty in 1992. Europe's political...
  • BBC: Czech threat looms for EU treaty

    06/20/2008 2:35:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 80+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 20 June 2008 21:15 UK 20:15 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Czech threat looms for EU treaty The Czech PM said he would not bet much on a Czech 'Yes' EU leaders have admitted that the Czech Republic may not be able to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, which has already been rejected by the Irish. The declaration from their summit in Brussels notes that the Czech process is on hold due to legal difficulties. But they said ratification would continue elsewhere, and ruled out renegotiation of the treaty. But British PM Gordon Brown said the UK could not definitively ratify it until a court ruled on a legal challenge. It...
  • Irish "No" to Lisbon Treaty Seen [by Holy See] as Wake-Up Call

    06/19/2008 7:08:16 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 11 replies · 191+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | June 18, 2008
    STRASBOURG, France, JUNE 18, 2008 (Zenit.org).- As European Union member states consider the quandary created by Ireland's "no" vote to the Lisbon Treaty, the Holy See's representative at the Council of Europe says it's a sign that Europe needs to rediscover its roots. Monsignor Aldo Giordano, named earlier this month as the permanent observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe, spoke Sunday with Vatican Radio about Ireland's June 12 referendum that put the Treaty of Lisbon in limbo. The treaty needs unanimous approval from the Union's 27 member states for it to go into effect. The prelate...
  • Ireland rejects treaty in blow for EU

    06/13/2008 12:28:14 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies · 176+ views
    reuters ^ | Junbe 12, 2008 | Jonathan Saul and Peter Graff
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish voters rejected a treaty on Friday to overhaul the European Union's unwieldy institutions, putting the entire bloc's reform plan in peril and humiliating Ireland's political leaders. The pact, known as the Lisbon treaty, failed by a margin of 53.4 to 46.6 percent in the only EU country to put it to a popular vote. "No" vote supporters cheered loudly for several minutes, interrupting an official as he read out the results. Prime Minister Brian Cowen called the vote "a source of disappointment to my colleagues in government and to me." "In a democracy, the will of...
  • EU mulls options after Irish No vote

    06/13/2008 2:58:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies · 113+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 13 June 2008 19:30 UK 18:30 GMT, | Dominic Hughes BBC Europe reporter, Brussels
    For weeks journalists have been pressing the spokesman for the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, on what would happen if the Irish voted No in a referendum on the Lisbon treaty. Jose Manuel Barroso said countries should continue to ratify the treaty But there was no answer. "There is no plan B!" we were told. To be honest, it began to sound like a rather tired refrain. And - surprise, surprise - it turns out that in fact there are a number of possible plan Bs. The French - who take over the presidency of the...
  • Irish dump Lisbon Treaty, EU stunned

    06/13/2008 9:54:12 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 54 replies · 140+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 13, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    reland’s referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, its latest attempt to pass a massive constitutional update, has produced a defeat. The rejection stops the EU from implementing its new constitution and forces the union to reconsider whether it can pass any expansion of the multinational government in a way that achieves unanimity: Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern says substantial referendum returns show that Ireland has rejected the European Union reform treaty.Electoral officials expect to confirm the result later Friday.Ahern based his conclusion on tallies of votes produced nationally by election observers as well as early official returns.They show the “no” camp...
  • Returns show Ireland votes 'no' on EU treaty

    06/13/2008 7:58:10 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 36 replies · 125+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/13/08 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK,
    Substantial election returns showed Friday that Ireland's voters have rejected the European Union reform treaty, a blueprint for modernizing the 27-nation bloc that cannot become law without Irish approval. Several senior Irish government figures conceded defeat for the treaty, which would be a major blow to the EU. An EU constitution failed after French and Dutch voters rejected it in 2005. Ireland was the only member that subjected its would-be successor, the Lisbon Treaty, to a national vote. The Irish constitution requires all EU treaties to be ratified by referendum. Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said he expected all other 26...
  • Ireland vote rejects EU treaty ... (EU fears crisis)

    06/13/2008 5:17:43 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 67 replies · 498+ views
    Ireland vote rejects EU treaty Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has said substantial referendum returns show that Ireland has rejected the European Union reform treaty. Electoral officials expect to confirm the result later. Mr Ahern based his conclusion on tallies of votes produced nationally by election observers as well as early official returns. They showed the "no" camp ahead in the vast majority of Ireland's 43 electoral constituencies, while pro-treaty voters were clearly ahead in only a few. The expected result will send shock waves throughout the EU. Ireland was the only member to subject the Lisbon Treaty to a...
  • Lisbon Treaty faces rejection as No vote doubles in latest poll

    06/06/2008 11:20:52 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 64+ views
    Irish Times ^ | 6/6/08 | STEPHEN COLLINS
    THE LISBON Treaty could face a shock rejection with the No side now in the lead, according to the findings of the latest Irish Times /TNS mrbi poll. It will take an unprecedented swing in the last week of the campaign for the treaty to be carried. The poll shows the number of people intending to vote No has almost doubled to 35 per cent (up 17 points) since the last poll three weeks ago, while the number of the Yes side has declined to 30 per cent (down 5 points). The number of undecided voters is still a significant...
  • 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...