Prague Daily Monitor: "Poll: Over half of Czechs against Lisbon treaty ratification"
Over one half of Czechs are of the view that the parliament should not ratify the Lisbon treaty to reform the EU institutions that is to replace the rejected European constitution, according to a poll conducted by the STEM agency in June and released to CTK Friday. On the contrary, the Lisbon treaty's ratification is supported by 47 percent of the respondents. Even though 53 percent of Czechs are against the treaty's ratification, only 23 percent understand what changes the treaty would introduce, according to the poll. (...) >>>
Updated: 14th July 2008
"unbearable pressure on the Irish" is acceptable peacetime etiquette for Euro technocrats and the inner media circle alike ... observe the bots and memes towards enforceable collectives whereby the ethics are the duties and obligations towards it ... Kant is dead--say some; you wish! ...
Financial Times: "Europe’s plan B for the Lisbon treaty," by Wolfgang Münchau
(...) contrary to widespread protestations, Europe’s leaders actually have a plan B. It is not a pretty plan. Just listen to what senior French and German politicians had to say over the weekend. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German foreign minister, suggested on Saturday that one way to implement the treaty was for Ireland to withdraw temporarily from the process of European integration. (...)
The most important prerequisite of plan B is a 26-to-1 situation in terms of countries that have actually ratified the treaty. This outcome is far from assured and explains why Brussels, Berlin and Paris are so adamant that the ratification show must continue. So far 18 countries have ratified, with eight to go plus Ireland. Once 26 countries have ratified, EU countries accounting for more than 99 per cent of the EU’s population will have approved the Lisbon treaty. The pressure on Ireland would then become unbearable. (...) >>>
Updated: 20th June 2008
BBC: "Sarkozy warning on EU expansion"
(During current EU summit in Brussels) French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the European Union will not be able to expand further without ratification of the Lisbon treaty (...) A decision on what to do next is expected to be postponed until October (...) The BBC's Jonny Dymond says one diplomat described Mr Sarkozy's comments as a threat - and the wrong signal to send to the Irish people - and those of Croatia and Turkey, who hope to join the 27-member bloc. (...) The treaty must be ratified by all member states to take effect. (...) (With regard to Czech obstruction he said that) "When a treaty is signed by 27 governments it's not just for fun" - it's inconceivable that a government signs a treaty without the intention of ratifying it. It's a principle of international law." (...) Germany rejected the idea of moving ahead on Lisbon without Ireland, which won strong Czech backing at the summit. Our correspondent says concern is swirling around the intentions of the Czech government. Pressed on whether he intended to ratify the treaty, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said that he was not going to put the brakes on to halt ratification. But he added he would not bet 100 crowns (£3; $6) on a "Yes" from parliament. (...) >>>
Updated: 20th June 2008
EURSOC: "Lisbon Treaty Fallout Continues"
"The EU is the citizens' friend." The EU elite is claiming that the Lisbon Treaty, comprehensively rejected by Irish voters on Thursday, is shaken but not stirred. Governments have been instructed to continue ratifying the Treaty as if the Irish vote never happened, something Gordon Brown appears prepared to do. First off comes the cry that 3 million registered voters in Ireland shouldn't be able to derail a treaty designed to bring the blessings of an integrated Europe to 490 million, a theme supported by the BBC but neatly snipped by Guido, who demonstrates that as the other 26 nations are ratifying by parliamentary vote, it's more like around 9,000 MPs deciding on the future of Europe for 490 million. (...) >>>
Updated: 17th June 2008
Reuters: "Czechs resist pressure to ratify EU treaty"
The Czech Republic resisted pressure on Monday to quickly ratify the European Union's reform treaty after its defeat by Irish voters, and kept its options open on how to proceed with the charter. (...) Sarkozy, who was to meet the prime ministers of four central European EU states in Prague, has led calls for the ratification process to continue (...) But the pressure has hit a snag in the Czech Republic, one of nine EU countries which have not ratified the pact. Its eurosceptic President Vaclav Klaus and some others in his ruling Civic Democratic Party said the Irish vote meant the treaty was dead and should be abandoned. (...) >>>
Updated: 17th June 2008
Times Online: "Irish leader under pressure for urgent plan to revive rejected Lisbon treaty"
The Irish Prime Minister was facing huge pressure from EU leaders yesterday to keep the Lisbon treaty alive but seemed at a loss to explain how it could be saved after Ireland’s “no” vote. Brian Cowen is being urged to present a plan for reviving the treaty at the EU summit in Brussels this week, but he knows that if a second referendum were to result in failure it would bring down not only the treaty but his Government as well. (...) >>>
Updated: 16th June 2008
... the neotots will stop at nothing (EU Referendum Blog: "Ireland threatened with expulsion") ... historical events before democracy ... well done, Libertas!
Pajamas: "Irish Voters Dump Latest EU Treaty," by Richard North
So, the Irish “dwarf” has rejected the Lisbon Treaty — a decisive 53.4 percent against, to 46.6 in favor, with a turnout of more than 51 percent, in excess of the last time the Irish voted on an EU treaty. (...) a procession of European elites has warned the Irish that they would, in effect, be cast into outer darkness if they failed to support the treaty (...) even though it is technically dead (...) the “colleagues” — as they like to call themselves — already have their “plan C” ready. Plan B is the Lisbon Treaty, a replacement for the first attempt at ramming through the new constitution, defeated by the French and Dutch referendums in 2005.
Stung by wholly justified accusations of bullying, they will play the “democracy card,” professing to bow to the will of the Irish people and accepting the result — albeit with some ritual and highly publicized breast-beating. The smart money is then on the meeting of the 27 EU heads of state and governments at the European Council on 19-20 June doing some creative adjustments (...) they will agree on a declaration excluding Ireland from the list of signatories to the Lisbon treaty. The remaining 26 member states can go ahead with “unanimous” ratification — a treaty built for 27 minus one. (...) Whatever does transpire, the one certainty is that the “colleagues” will not allow a small country like Ireland, on the periphery of the Community, to derail the “project.” >>>
Politeia: "Irish Reject 'Lisbon Treaty', Ratification Continues"
With 29 of 43 constituencies declared, the No vote is leading by 53.5 per cent to 46.5 per cent. (...) Now let's see with what anti-democratic engineering feat from hell the neotots will push through EU statehood come hell or high water ... a gap of seven percent is considered too close to call???
Update: EU Observer: "Brussels calls for Lisbon treaty ratification to continue" ... of course ... "This vote should not be seen as a vote against the EU … commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said in Brussels (...) "the treaty is alive" and "we should go on and try to find a solution." (...) >>>
Updated: 13th June 2008
Politeia: "Resistance to EU Post-Democracy Widening"
It could well be on instructions of their master's voice, but from this location there's remarkably little media coverage devoted to the upcoming Irish E.U. Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty to be held on 12th June. Ireland being the only nation whose government granted their people a say in the matter, the entire anti Euro camp is on top of the Irish to vote against the treaty. (...) >>>
Updated: 7th June 2008
Politeia Articles: "Leviathan's Birth Certificate: the Analysis", by Prof. Anthony Coughlan
(On Thursday 13th December 2007) the European Union leaders signed the Lisbon Treaty. This treaty gives the EU the constitutional form of a state. These are the ten most important things the Lisbon Treaty does >>>
(includes a printable version)
Update: 14th Dec. 2007
Politeia: "Leviathan's Birth Certificate (I): the "Treaty of Lisbon"
Another bad day for democracy! Today EU's leaders will sign the 'Treaty of Lisbon'. It aims at reforming and regulating EU institutions, thereby carefully avoiding any say of actual Europeans in the matter. (...) The signing will start a ratification process by national parliaments that will try and avoid another "No". Hope rests on the Irish who will have their say in a referendum, but even if they'll upset the project, surely another Orwellian political slither and dither will be found to avoid "creating another crisis in Europe". This show must go on, whatever the cost, whatever the means. >>>
The Brussels Journal: "Not a Comma Has Changed!"
A quote from former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing at his blog, 23 November 2007:
"I have taken on the work of comparing the draft of the new Treaty of Lisbon with the Constitution on the ‘nine essential points’ published on this blog. To my surprise, and, to tell the truth, to my great satisfaction, these nine points reappear word for word in the new project. Not a comma has changed! The only thing is that you have to really look for them because they are dispersed in the texts the new Treaty refers to, namely the Treaties of Rome and Maastricht. The only difference is that the qualified majority voting is put off until 1 November 2014, while with the Constitution, it would have come into force straight after ratification. >>>
Updated: 28th Nov. 2007
CNN: "EU leaders approve new treaty"
Nourishing Obscurity: "[europe] broon, sarko and the day freedom died"
Dated: Thursday October 28th
- "Building the State of Europe"
- "The Treaty of Lisbon"