EU under pressure to shed light on expert panels

an EUobserver article by Honor MAHONY

A transparency campaign group has written to seven European commissioners to pressure them to make good on a promise to reveal the names of the people who sit on the expert groups that influence EU legislation in key areas.

ALTER-EU, made up of 160 organisations, on Friday (8 August) sent letters to the commission president, vice-president, and commissioners in charge of industry, energy, research, health and environment to ask whether the commission intends to take the name-publishing step “by the summer” as it promised earlier this year.

It said it is “deeply concerned about the lack of progress so far on the issue of over-representation,” referring to advisory groups where business lobbyists outnumber NGOs and civil society groups.

We certainly share the concerns.

Wild Olympic 8-8 Friday 2008

As the 08 Games begun we started recording many parallel activities:

When will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn?

An open letter to Stephen Collins (Irish Times)

The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre
24 Crawford Avenue
Dublin 9
Tel.: 01-8305792

Thursday 6 August 2008

Dear Stephen,

In your Irish Times article last Saturday you call on the Government to ratify the Lisbon Treaty regardless of the 12 June referendum result.

It is strange that a political correspondent of a major national newspaper should seek to become a partisan player in the political game in this way.

Stranger still that you should be urging such a profoundly unconstitutional and undemocratic course on our political leaders.

You are mistaken if you think that Ireland can ratify the Lisbon Treaty by Oireachtas vote without a referendum.

For the EU farming is just big business

Article from BBC, here are some teasers:

Since the European Commission - an hour-and-a-half away in Brussels - suspended the obligation for farmers to set aside some of their land last autumn, there has been a quiet revolution in European farming.

The reason is the rise in food prices and what is increasingly being referred to as the “global food crisis”.

Surplus - in the form of butter mountains and wine lakes - is a thing of the past, according to the EU officials, as Europe reacts to the recent up-swing in demand for food by putting more and more land into production.

In less than a year, 5% more of the EU’s countryside is being farmed - 1.3m extra hectares. Quite suddenly, Europe is growing around 14% more food, because there is a market for it and a profit in it.

“What we are seeing is a big drive towards intensification which will put huge strains on the environment.” - Ariel Brunner, Birdlife International

And is this increase of food production aimed to resolve the problem of human starvation?

Big EU citizens' data giveaway! Buy now!


A comprehensive transatlantic pact clearing the way for the unprecedented supply of private data on European citizens to the American authorities is to be promoted by France in support of the US-driven campaign to combat terrorism and transnational crime.

The French government is expected to use its six-month presidency of the EU, starting tomorrow, to build on 18 months of confidential negotiations between Washington and Brussels aimed at clearing the complex legal obstacles to the exchange of personal information with the Americans.

It will enable the Americans to access:
- the credit card histories,
- banking details and
- travel habits of Europeans,
although senior officials in Brussels deny US reports that the Americans will also be able to snoop on the internet browsing records of Europeans.

“This is outrageous,” said Sophie In’t Veld, a Dutch Liberal MEP on the European parliament’s civil liberties committee. “This is about fundamental rights. But it has all been done in secret by civil servants behind closed doors.”

Full article from The Guardian here.

Mrs In’t Veld is on a good way to connect the dots. First thing would be to realise that it’s precisely the EU (from where she receives her monthly salary) that enables that kind of murky anti-futurism.

What Sarkozy started Berlusconi will execute

As we linked to Sarkozy’s speech we warned of his wish of protecting “Europeans” more and more. His hand gestures were revealing:

Sarkozy - 03.jpg

Now his experiment started in Italy:

Thousands of troops will be deployed in Italian cities from next Monday to help police fight crime, the Italian government has announced. About 2,000 troops will guard “sensitive” sites such as train stations and embassies. Another 1,000 will go on street patrols with police.

Right-wing leader Silvio Berlusconi swept to power in April’s election on a tough law-and-order platform, promising new measures to curb illegal immigration and combat crime. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said troops would patrol in uniform, carrying only small arms. But those guarding sensitive sites would have body armour and machine guns, he said. The soldiers will come from the army, air force, navy and Carabinieri paramilitary police.

The last such deployment was in Sicily in 1992-1998, during an anti-Mafia crackdown. It followed the assassinations of magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.

Reacting to the government’s announcement on Tuesday, shadow interior minister Marco Minniti said “it’s an image-building operation that risks backfiring. Soldiers patrolling the centres of cities that are our greatest tourist attractions is not a very nice calling card for Italy at the height of the tourist season,” he said.

Irish voters strongly against a second referendum

A new Red C poll commissioned by the think tank Open Europe finds that Irish voters are strongly opposed to being made to vote again on the Lisbon Treaty. The poll also finds that nearly two thirds say they would vote “no” in a second referendum.

The poll of 1,000 Irish voters was carried out between 21 and 23 July - shortly after Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to the country. It is the first poll to look at a second referendum.

Key findings:

  • 71% oppose a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Only 24% are in favour.
  • Of those who expressed an opinion, 62% said they would vote “no” in a second referendum, compared to 38% who would vote “yes”.
  • That would mean the “no” lead would increase from 6 points in the recent referendum to a commanding 24 point lead in a second vote.
  • 17% of those who voted “yes” in the recent referendum would vote “no” in a second referendum, while only 6% of those who voted “no” would now vote “yes”. Perhaps most significantly of all, those who did not vote last time would vote more than two-to-one against in a second referendum: 57% would vote “no” and 26% would vote “yes”.
  • 67% agreed with the statement that “politicians in Europe do not respect Ireland’s no vote”. Only 28% disagreed.
  • 61% disagreed with the statement that “If all of the other 26 EU countries ratify the Treaty in their parliaments then Ireland has to change its mind and support the Treaty.” Only 32% agreed.
  • 53% said they would be less likely to vote for Brian Cowen at the next election if he called a second referendum. In particular, 43% of Fianna Fail voters said they would be less likely to vote for him.

The full results of the poll are available here.

Open Europe Director Neil O’Brien said:

“Voters don’t feel that Europe’s political class have respected Ireland’s decision. Their response to the referendum result has obviously appeared arrogant to some voters. By appearing to bully the voters, EU politicians are actually driving lots more people into the no camp.”

“EU leaders who are trying to force Ireland to vote again are playing a very dangerous game, and it looks like Brian Cowen could be putting his political life on the line by calling a second vote.”

“Sadly, Europe’s political leaders don’t seem to have taken on board the Irish vote - or the French and Dutch votes for that matter. They should drop the Treaty and concentrate on solving the EU’s real problems like the lack of openness and accountability.”

Bonde calls for Referendum in 2009

Statement from EUD:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested today that the Irish revote on the Lisbon Treaty in June 2009. The French president’s strategy for holding a second poll will be unveiled at the December Summit in Brussels.

EUD President, Jens-Peter Bonde, came up with a different proposal: “If the Irish people shall vote twice, voters in other countries should at least have the opportunity to vote once. Referendums should be therefore held in all Member States together with the European elections in June 2009”, he said.

Holding referendums on the Lisbon Treaty during the European elections will surely increase voter turnout, decrease political apathy and strengthen democracy throughout the EU, finally allowing citizens in 26 member States to have a say on their future.

If referendums are held, competing parties would have to mobilize voters and inform them on EU issues more than they usually do. The latter will ensure a higher level of participation and better representation in the European Parliament.

Bonde’s proposal comes in the wake of further ratifications of the rejected Treaty. Some will oppose it as they did in the past by claiming that such a procedure would be too tedious and complicated.

However, combining it with the elections for the European Parliament would invalidate their argument.

Kafkesque European Parliament

Please take 11 minutes of your valuable time and watch the video evidence of illegal aggression against the voices of minorities (i.e. Euro-critics) within the European Parliament:

European Parliament, Strasbourg, 7th and 9th of July 2008. Richard Corbett MEP (PES) presented the Report on the amendments to the rules on the formation of political groups in the European Parliament. The report had not passed the Committee stage, but was nonetheless brought to plenary with “compromise” amendments and adopted.

Interim ratification

The Government in Belgium fell. Again.

Right after the Parliament ratified the renamed EU Constitution (a.k.a. The Lisbon Treaty) “in the name of the people”.

If memory serves us well one of the arguments for the ratification through Parliaments all across European Union was precisely that of “MPs being the rightful representatives of the political will of the people”. It’s strange though that this Belgian situation does not quite fulfil these expectations. Their representation at these times is mildly speaking… well… dubious.

Another European federation is at the test of Time.

Be protected, be very protected!

Mr. Sarkozy will visit Ireland on 21st of June probably to check how NO sounds for himself.

Oh, yes, Belgium also ratified. Yay!

Associated Press seems to be the media office of EU: “The EU charter, meant to streamline decision-making in the union, has now been approved by 22 member states.”

Those who read this and our previous articles know better.

European Parliament bars Euro-sceptic Groups

As you have probably noticed TEAM is still waiting for EU to recognise that the ratification of the renamed EU Constitution has been not only halted but has effectively ended with a simple result - the Lisbon Treaty can not come into force.

Yes, it’s true that the MPs from (Greek part of) Cyprus have voted positively on the ratification and we even didn’t mention that (since now) but in principle the news of their ratification is no news, even more - it’s a false news. Their ratification can’t have any legal effect anymore.

What is much more worrying is the fact that EU continues its path towards LESS DEMOCRACY and LESS POLITICAL BALANCE.

Only today have the MEPs took yet another step towards arbitrary rule this afternoon, adopting new rules designed explicitly to prevent Euro-sceptics from forming a Group.

Although we have already noticed this development here is fresh new blog-report from MEP Daniel Hannan.

Same story has also been commented in EUobserver and in EU Referendum blog respectively.

The Lisbon Treaty has fallen!

article from Max Andersson (TEAM Board member) published on

It fell! The Lisbon Treaty was rejected. The variegated gathering of Irish no-voters succeeded. On the no-side was everything from Sinn Fein, socialists, trade unionists and green grassroots to peace-lovers, catholics and a think tank with roots in big business. They defeated a yes-side that by and large was identical with the Irish establishment. All the big political parties advocated a yes. The media were on the yes-side. EU itself meddled in the campaign, and the European Commission kept back unpopular proposals regarding agriculture and militarization to avoid damaging the yes-campaign. And yet the no side won.

The broadening of the EU-criticism

The variety of the Irish no-side is certainly particularly Irish, but it reflects an international trend. Once upon a time the EU-criticism would be either rightwing or leftwing in different countries, but this division is seldom seen nowadays. Now the EU-criticism can be found in all parts of the political spectrum. This development can be seen in Sweden as well. The important dividing line in the EU-debate is between those who are parts of the political establishment and those who are not.

During the weeks to come we can expect a lot of articles analyzing the reasons for the no-victory. But while I await these detailed analyses based on hard facts from the opinion polls, I ponder the analysis I heard in a youth hostel last summer from the nestor of the Irish EU-criticism, Anthony Coughlan.

Already at that time he foresaw that the Irish yes-side would encounter great difficulties. The Treaty undermines the Irish neutrality and makes it obvious that small countries such as Ireland will loose influence. And unlike the situation at the previous referendums the yes-side had nothing positive to offer to tempt people to vote yes. He predicted that the yes-side would be reduced to using the European group-pressure as an argument and simply try to make the voters feel guilty. And if that is your best argument, there is no easy way to victory.

The failure of Plan B

The big question is: what is going to happen to the Lisbon Treaty now? All EU-countries must ratify the Treaty if it is to come into force. But the European elite has no intentions to respect any referendum that goes against their plans. What usually happens when a country votes no to continue along the road towards a European Superstate is to make the country vote again, or, as in the French and Dutch case, make it accept the proposal without asking the people a second time.

Before the Irish referendum the EU-leaders maintained that there was no Plan B if the Irish voted no. But the Lisbon Treaty is, in fact, nothing but a renamed version of the EU-constitution, that had already been rejected. We are in the middle of Plan B, and Plan B has failed.

The step-by-step model

We cannot be sure that EU dares to try the same tricks again. It is more likely that large parts of the Lisbon Treaty will be implemented by numerous minor changes under the present treaty rather than by rewriting the Lisbon Treaty and risking new referendums. Those parts of the Lisbon Treaty that cannot be carried through in this way can be smuggled in via a new accession treaty with Croatia, Plan C for Croatia, so to speak.

This is unfortunately a likely scenario, but it will also mean that the EU’s total lack of democratic legitimacy will become apparent to all. The EU-constitution has already fallen twice. It is time for it to rest in peace.

The need for a new Convention

What should be done instead is to appoint a new Convention that, without any preconditions, can work out a brand new proposal for how EU is to be governed, what tasks shall be assigned to it and how the competences shall be distributed between EU and the member states. Of course every member country shall have a referendum about this proposal. And the Convention shall consist of people with independent ideas about European questions; unlike the previous Convention it shall be made up of ordinary people instead of elderly politicians with strong inclinations to constructing the United States of Europe.

Max Andersson
MP for the Swedish Green Party and member of the TEAM Board

Thank you Ireland, Part II. - Youtube

Below are some of the videos posted to Youtube from countries across Europe thanking the Irish people for voting no to the Lisbon Treaty:


Great Britain:




Ireland is one per cent of the EU...

A must read article from The Telegraph.

Among others you’ll read:

Mr Valéry Giscard d’Estaing told the Irish Times that Ireland’s referendum rejection would not kill the Treaty, despite a legal requirement of unanimity from all the EU’s 27 member states.

“We are evolving towards majority voting because if we stay with unanimity, we will do nothing,” he said.

“It is impossible to function by unanimity with 27 members. This time it’s Ireland; the next time it will be somebody else.”

“Ireland is one per cent of the EU”.

Mr Giscard d’Estaing also admitted that, unlike his original Constitutional Treaty, the Lisbon EU Treaty had been carefully crafted to confuse the public.

“What was done in the [Lisbon] Treaty, and deliberately, was to mix everything up. If you look for the passages on institutions, they’re in different places, on different pages,” he said.

“Someone who wanted to understand how the thing worked could with the Constitutional Treaty, but not with this one.”

France and Germany are putting pressure on Ireland to hold a second referendum which would allow the Lisbon Treaty to come into force before European elections on June 4 2009.

Mr Giscard d’Estaing believes “there is no alternative” to a second Irish vote, a view shared by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President.

…and there are nine million bicycles in Beijing.

While at the same time interesting news is coming from Austria:

The Austrian Socialist Party declared yesterday, that they demand a referendum on the renamed EU Constitution (Lisbon Treaty) in case there will be something changed in this Treaty! Apart from that they demand a referendum on the EU membership of Turkey.

This change is absolutely incredible and is the result of the new polls (Eurobarometer) that state that only 28% of the Austrians have a positive opinion about EU.

Now the Greens ant the ÖVP (Christian Party, in coalition with SPÖ) are really shocked and it is possible, that there will be new elections soon.

Best regards,

Gabriele Wladyka

And best of regards to you, Gabriele!

Only 30% of Croats support EU membership

Article from Jutarnji list:

Amongst the 1000 asked citizens of Croatia only 30% of them share the opinion that the membership in EU is “a good thing”, while 39% are “neutral” or think that “the membership is neither good or bad”.

Quite to the contrary Macedonians (FYROM) would gladly accept EU - 72% are in favour.

Croatia is one year away from technical closing of membership negotiations. Most pressure has been around ZERP (Law on Ecological and Fishing Belt) and around shipbuilding scandals. Also extremely mild attitude from EU against Serbia and its Hague tourists has been detrimental for the Croatian optimism.

In EU member states as Ireland, Denmark, Poland, Slovenia and Netherlands there are between 70% to 80% of those who see much larger benefits than negative aspects.

In lands like Hungary and Austria around half of the people sees EU as “more damage than benefits”.

In Croatia again only 44% believe that possible membership in EU will bring benefits, while 50% of Turks thinks the same for Turkey and in Macedonia(FYROM) 80% of those asked.

Spanish lower house ratified, upper to decide in 3 months

Spain has had an intense Thursday. Firstly their MP’s defeated Democracy by 322 in favor and 6 against (plus 2 abstained) over the question of renamed EU Constitution.

Afterwards in the evening “Furia” defeated “Zbornaya Komanda” by 3 against 0.

Second victory was definitely more dignified.

From Austria there is more news on a chance for a referendum - leading SPÖ party will demand a referendum over the renamed EU Constitution if in future any changes will be made to the existing treaty. That has been announced by the Austrian MEP Hannes Swoboda.


Expense Allowance Abuse by MEPs

We thank EU Referendum blog for pointing the linked video-story from RTL out. In today’s overload of information one can hardly keep track with things in EU that really suck:

Expense Allowance Abuse by MEPs

Here is a video responce by Kathy Sinnott MEP.

Stuart Wheeler hopes for winning on appeal

article in The Telegraph

Stuart Wheeler, the spread-betting multi-millionaire, has lost his legal challenge to Gordon Brown’s decision to ratify the Lisbon Treaty.

He said: “I have high hopes of winning on appeal. We shall apply to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal and we will see what they say.”

Ruth Lea, Director of the Global Vision think-tank, said: “Today’s ruling by the High Court is extremely dispiriting especially as many European politicians have made it quite clear that the Lisbon Treaty is the Constitutional Treaty in all but name. Under these circumstances, the British people are surely entitled to their referendum on the Treaty as the Irish people did. All our polling shows an overwhelming majority in favour of a referendum.”

Time to stand up against EU bullies

By Address with Editor

Tuesday June 24 2008

IRELAND, using what the whole of Ireland thought was a democratic system, has said a clear ‘NO’ to the Lisbon Treaty. Others might disagree as to the outcome of the vote Ireland had, but still that vote took place with voters thinking that their wishes would be respected. It looks like the voters, as far as you’re concerned Mr Cowen, were wrong.

You have decided to say the equivalent of “stuff ye all” and do what EU bullies are telling you to do. You are second-grading the voices of the population that has placed you in the position of power you hold. It appears you have decided to force the Irish people to vote again because you didn’t like the result the first time!

If you cannot represent the thoughts and wishes of the people on this island called Ireland Mr Cowen, then it’s time for you to go. You are supposed to be working for the people of Ireland, not the thugs and bullies of the EU, particularly French President Sarkozy and Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Using a supposed democratic legal system, the Irish people were given a choice. Now, because your real masters are not happy with our decision you have, it appears, decided to totally ignore the voters, bide your time and try in a while to shove another vote on the Irish people again.

This is no longer about who is right and wrong in a ‘YES or ‘NO’ vote. This is about representing the people that voted in what they thought was a democratic vote. You will be a disgrace to the system of democracy with a forced re-vote. This is about having the courage to stand up to the thug bullies of Europe and say “No, you cannot push us around!”

They all agreed and signed up to a legally binding democratic system. Now that it hasn’t gone their way, they want to force the little voters of Ireland into giving them their way. Every child in Europe’s playgrounds knows that’s called bullying! Are you Mr Cowen, turning a blind eye to their attempts at pushing the people of this island around? Are you going to stand up and actually do something about it?

Mr Cowen, if you and Fianna Fail decide to force a second vote on us, here is a message from the people of Ireland… Do the decent thing — quit.

Address with Editor

Transport and distribution of EU Democracy

The fog over the Irish referendum field has not even cleared as the new loads of Democracy are going to be distributed over the continent.

Media-gag originating from the big PR earner Media Consulta has for the fifth time in a row unleashed a large yellow truck that will explain to the average EU-topian what is living in EU all about: For Diversity. Against Discrimination.

Probably it would do much good when EU would start listening to its own PR slogans and would start ReSpECTing those discriminated by itself. Euro-critical voices in the first rows.

And if you don’t have anything sensible to do this summer you can also catch and follow the second caravan of EU-PR. It’s called Come to Europe.

Come to Mama, you naughty boys:

A roadshow that travels throughout Kosovo, giving an opportunity for all to see what the EU teams in Kosovo and Kosovo’s European integration are about. Kosovo’s most special truck was unveiled on 13 May 2008 and will tour Kosovo until the end of June. As it transforms into a performance stage, it reveals 2- 4 hour shows including the European quiz qualifications, a theatre comedy, local talent shows, as well as star acts and VIPs. Twenty locations across Kosovo are being visited by ‘Come to Europe’ truck. All the family is invited to enjoy the entertainment and learn more about the EU!

The aim of this EU tour is to explain, in Kosovo’s new era, how the EU is specifically helping Kosovo go on its reform track: economically, socially, politically, and culturally.

As the roadshow travels throughout Kosovo - make sure to join and enjoy the most fun European event ever. Download the calendar, check photos, and apply for the quiz at

The European Union is touring Kosovo.

Stay your hands, EUrophiles!

R (Wheeler)


Office of the Prime Minister and
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


I refer to the undated letter emailed by the Treasury Solicitors to my clerk yesterday afternoon, indicating that the Government “is now proceeding to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon”.

The court is very surprised that the Government apparently proposes to ratify while the claimant’s challenge to the decision not to hold a referendum on ratification is before the court. The court expects judgment to be handed down next week. The defendants are invited to stay their hand voluntarily until judgment.

If, in the absence of any satisfactory assurance to that effect, the claimant decides to seek injunctive relief, I direct that the application be placed before me personally. I will make myself available today (save for this evening) and over the weekend should it be necessary, even though the hearing of any application may delay completion of the judgment: relevant contact details can be obtained from my clerk. I hope that it will not be necessary.

Copies of this direction should be sent to the parties and to the Administrative Court Office.

Lord Justice Richards
20 June 2008

And Mr. Stuart Wheeler predicts for the coming week:

Judgment in my case is likely to be given next week. As soon as it is given the result will be posted here.

Royal Assent to the bill does not constitute ratification. A further step is required i.e. the deposit of the ‘instruments of ratification’ with the Italian government. It would be quite wrong for our government to do that before my case, and any appeal have been decided.*

One more point: solicitors for the Prime Minister refused, on technical legal grounds, to produce documents which would, I feel sure, show that the only reason he is refusing a referendum is that he believes that he would lose it.*

Brown offers EU treaty assurances
EU treaty: Judge tells Gordon Brown to delay ratification

Small print at the end: Slovenia’s Constitutional Court has been pondering over the issue of holding a referendum since March - seems no one is in a particular hurry during the Slovenian presidency. Germany and Czech in similar legal position.

Czech President Klaus' clear message

Interview with President Klaus for Lidové Noviny, Prague

Sunday, 15th of June, 2008

What do you think about the Irish No?

The whole of Europe should thank the Irish people for slowing down current erroneous processes towards more unification, the suppression of nation states, towards a ‘Europe of regions’, and towards greater centralization from above of which the Lisbon Treaty was the embodiment. Thanks to the Irish referendum this was a perfect example of what the common people think about this development - contrary to the politicians supporting the EU who are motivated entirely differently. I thanked a few Irish people personally.

What does the Irish NO mean for the fate of the Lisbon Treaty in your view? What will be its impact for the entire EU?

I cannot imagine any other development besides recognizing the fact that this is not the way to go. Let’s seek a different European model than a supranational state with its seat in Brussels. Let’s come back to the community of friendly, effectively cooperating states. Let’s keep most of the competencies on the level of states. We should let people living on the European continent be Czechs, Poles, Italians, Danes and not make Europeans of them. That is a wrong project. The difference between a Czech, a Pole, an Italian and a Dane (as random examples) and a European is like the difference between Czech, Polish, Danish and esperanto. “Europeanness” is esperanto; an artificial, dead language.

What follows from the Irish No for the Czech Republic? Should we continue in preparing the ratification under these circumstances, or is it not necessary? E.g. the British declared that they are going to continue in the ratification, despite the results in Ireland…

The ratification cannot be continued, the Treaty can no longer come into force. To continue as though nothing has happened, would be a pure hypocrisy. This would be worse news about the “state of the Union” than the Irish NO. The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in the Czech Republic ended last Friday. To pretend something else is undignified - at least if we are in a world where one plus one equals two. I think that the British didn’t declare anything. It was the Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown who declared something. The British democracy is much more complex.

Does the Irish NO change your attitude towards the option of having a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in the Czech Republic? And if so, how?

The referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in our country is not necessary today; there is nothing to vote on. The only possible question would be: “Do you, the Czechs, want the Irish to vote again and differently?”. It is not about us today.

Should the European Union attempt to create an entirely new document after the Irish NO, instead of dusting the Treaty off or revising it?

Any document is only the last step. We need a new perception of the European integration process. It is necessary to explicitly repudiate the post-Maastricht development towards an ever closer union. The resulting document is then only a composition exercise, but it must be written on a different basis and by different people. It cannot be written by a German politician who thinks in federalist terms and has been in the European Parliament for the past 30 years. It can neither be written by a Frenchman for whom “Europeanisation” is a way to increase the greatness and importance of France. It can neither be a representative of a country which wants to solve some of its historical traumas “via Europe”. It requires an unemotional consideration about the right administration of “public goods” - which of them belong at the level of towns, regions and states and which at the level of the continent. And above all, which of them do not belong anywhere, because the issue is not about public goods but about “private goods” which must remain subject to the decision-making of free individuals.

What will be the impact of the Irish decision on the Czech EU Presidency in 2009?

We will have a little more competences than we would, was the Lisbon Treaty valid. The Treaty substantially weakened the states and therefore also the presidency of any one of them. But let us not live in illusions. I know well, that the entire concept of a rotating presidency is to a certain extent just a game pretending to represent a real democracy.

Did the EU just launch a new Radio Erevan?

The Director of the Political Department in the Office of the President, Mr Jakl, was interviewed on Czech TV yesterday, and asked: “How come that President Klaus can have such an opinion that the ratification cannot continue?” His response was: “Madam presenter, that is not an opinion, that is a fact.”

Petitions? Letters? Protests? - Lisbon Treaty is D-E-A-D

European political elite is trying to overtake the legitimate results from Ireland. Observers of political life can see “young and restless” politicians like the Finnish Foreign Minister Mr. Stubb who have to exercise the same repetitious subliminal messages in line with “Lisbon is not dead”and similar.

“The treaty is not dead. The EU is in constant crisis management - we go from one crisis to another and finally we find a solution,” Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb told reporters, noting the bloc had dealt with past voter setbacks.

However Europeans defending democracy already respond to such attempts or provocations. In Facebook there are notable shifts to the groups like “Respect the Irish NO: stop ratification of the Lisbon Treaty” with already over 1.200 members.

In such Facebook groups one can find many useful hints on what to do and where to click - for example if you are British citizen your most efficient action for beginning would be to sign the petition…

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Respect the result of the Irish referendum and abandon the attempt to ratify the Lisbon Treaty.”

Europe in action!

…and Margot in turmoil:

Also do check other related videos e.g. “Reaction”.

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