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Growing Skepticism In Germany Over EU Future

The decision of Polish President Lech Kaczynski to refuse signing the Treaty of Lisbon agreement even though his own parliament has voted for it, typifies the new skepticism which is growing in many parts of Europe. The Polish president argues adding his signature is “pointless” in light of Ireland’s refusal to go along with the treaty. European leaders have been urging the other members to ratify the Lisbon Treaty and then find a way to get around the Irish “no” vote. The financial Times Deutschland, comments, “Encouraged by the Irish vote, euroskeptics are cropping up everywhere.” Th Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
notes: The methods of achieving European integration have bee successful for 50 years, but they have become worn out.

It increasingly appears European leaders are faced with the choice of changing methods or trying to change its citizens. Of course, there are many alternative ways to deal with the current impasse. One might be to reconstitute the European Union with those members who are willing to accept an organization that no longer adheres to every member agreeing for change and moves to a more sensible approach requiring a two-thirds or three-fourths vote for changes.

Irish Eyes Not Coming-Is It An Irish Lullaby?

The decision by Irish voters to vote no against changes in the European Union has placed a damper on virtually any positive changes including the possibility of new countries entering the union. French President Sarkozy told Reuters news agency: “No Lisbon, no enlargement. I would find it very strange for a Europe of 27 institutions to agree on adding a 28th, a 29th, a 30th, a 31st which would definitely make things worse.” The EU is currently meeting to discuss strategies of what to do in light of the Irish block of majority views. Janez Jansa, Prime Minister of Slovenia, which is the current presiding state, argued that new members should not be “a victim of Ireland.”

At some point, the European Union has to agree to new principles for change. Allowing a single state to halt the work of the majority is neither a logical nor feasible manner of managing a complex organization such as the European Union. It might be preferable to move towards either a two-thirds or three-fifths compromise which certainly demonstrates widespread support for change.

Ireland Rejects Lisbon Treaty And EU

The voters of Ireland gave a resounding “no” to the Lisbon Treaty and, in so doing, gave a resounding no to efforts of members of the European Union from moving forward in efforts to enhance the power of the organization. By a margin of 53.4% to 46.6% Irish voters, who represent about 1% of total membership in the Union, vetoed what the remaining 99% of European Union members desire. President Sarkozy of France, said he regretted the action but insisted the EU had to move ahead. He indicated there might be a way to proceed without Ireland’s vote and still have the Lisbon Treaty take effect. Chancellor Merkel of Germany expressed her disappointment, but coalition members from the SPD were furious. President Stipe Mesic of Croatia was upset because Ireland had received so much help from the EU to jump start its economy and was not turning on those who had been of assistance.

It is time for the European Union to abandon the idea that one nation can thwart the desires of the remaining members. Perhaps, it is time to move toward a three-fourths rule as is present in the United States.

Ireland Rejects Lisbon Treaty And EU

Ireland rejected the Lisbon Treaty which offered members of the European Union new opportunities to come together as a united force. By a vote of 53.4% to 46.6% Irish voters expressed a loud “no” to the agreement despite the fact so far 18 of the 27 EU members have signed on. EU Commission president, Jose Barroso urged other nations to proceed with their signing of the treaty and he hoped some way could be found to get around the Irish rejection. President Sarkozy of France expressed his “regrets” but he apparently is working to proceed with the treaty and then have it implemented with Ireland deciding whether or not to live by its rules and procedures. Chancellor Merkel of Germany was disappointed by her Social Democratic(SPD) allies were furious and termed it a “catastrophe.”

Stipe Mesic, president of Croatia expressed the feelings of many when he commented that Ireland had used EU funds to jump start their economy and give birth to the present prosperity, but now they are turning their backs on those who helped. At some point, members of the European Union have to abandon the 100% required to get anything done, because that is not democracy, it is a dictatorship by the 1% over the 99%. The American model of three-fourths required to amend the Constitution might well be interesting guidelines for the EU.