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Jeopardy? Ireland Rejects the Treaty of Lisbon

June 13, 2008

Apparently, the ratification process for the 27 member European Union’s Treaty of Lisbon, signed by the heads of state in December 2007 was expected to be a slam dunk. The Treaty of Lisbon was designed to reconstruct the ground rules of all the member nations of the Union. The people of Ireland have rejected the treaty and the sponsor nation Italy, the drive behind the movement, is furious.

Franco Frattini, Italy’s foreign minister, declared that the path of European integration could not be stopped. He continues to focus on the ratification process that other member states are expected to proceed with.

The European Union is considered by many to be the economic and political model for the future of the world. Even though the EU has origins to 1973, in 2001 the EU wasn’t much more than a collective gleam in Europe’s eye until the Euro took hold. The European Union is now a driving political and economic force in the world, as well as one of the ruling currencies in the world.

The Treaty of Lisbon is designed to define what the EU can and cannot do, and the means of power and control that can be used. The treaty will alter the structure of the EU’s institutions and how they work. Because of the treaty, the EU is expected to be more democratic and the core values of the Union better served.

Apparently, Ireland has been in conflict with the treaty as the only country to hold a referendum on the treaty. Ireland is resistant to a long-term president of the European Council of the European Union, a stronger policy chief and a mutual defense agreement. The likelihood is that Italy would fill these positions for the initial term.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is highly critical of Ireland and wants to remove them from the Union. Spain is next in line to continue the ratification process. 18 member states so far have ratified the Lisbon Treaty and other EU states “should continue to ratify treaty despite the Irish result.”

Most say that the Irish vote is not a vote against the EU, but against the general provisions. The Irish view is that the EU is working fine without a constitution and that it should continue to do so. The move does present an awkward position for the Union. Ireland is the only member state to submit the long and confusing treaty to a popular referendum, and the resulting “no” vote, by a decisive margin of 54% to 46%, has created a crisis for the EU as a whole.

In theory, the treaty has been torpedoed. To make matters worse, the treaty is a second attempt to substitute for the ill-fated E.U. Constitution, which was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005. Politicians in the EU are gloomy at their future prospects. Obviously, politicians are pushing for a larger share of money and funding to work with. The Irish move is standing in their way.

To anti-globalists, this latest failure of the treaty to pass ratification is a great thing. To globalists, this event is one more roadblock that keeps them from reaching their goals because people are still willing to speak up and be heard. Revolution is a difficult prospect. An orderly revolution that will satisfy all parties is even more challenging.

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  1. Federal Farmer permalink
    October 10, 2009 5:08 pm

    Vaclav Klaus wants his State to be exempt from the Charter of Fundamental Rights that is part of the “Lisbon” amendment to the EU’s basic law. More serious than his exploiting of the leverage he has in representing the only State that has not ratified the amendment, he is imposing his erroneous ideological view of the EU. According to Deutsche Welle, “A staunch euroskeptic, he opposes the treaty as a matter of principle, believing it yields too much sovereignty to the international bloc.” This, in short, is what is really going on here. (see: http://soozah.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/not-exactly-santa-klaus/)

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