The Lisbon Treaty (2008)
End of Nations – EU Takeover
“Voters in the Irish Republic rejected the Lisbon treaty in a vote by 53.4% to 46.6%.” (14 June 2008) (info taken from here)
Last December 2007 Heads of State or Government of the 27 Member States got together in Lisbon – Portugal had EU presidency at the time – to sign a (the) new European treaty. Steeling the words of official EU Internet sites, this treaty “will provide the EU with modern institutions and optimised working methods to tackle both efficiently and effectively today’s challenges in today’s world. […] The Treaty of Lisbon will reinforce democracy in the EU and its capacity to promote the interests of its citizens on a day-to-day basis.” I do not want to discredit the words of the EU institution, it would be however to simple not to to challenge them. In fact, I have been reading some articles which strongly criticize many aspects of the treaty, as for instance the shift of a “vertical” type of democracy to a more “horizontal” one, where decision making is removed even further from the citizens, from regional politicians and becomes concentrated in the upper floors of the EU building.
The point is that I do not know what to say about the treaty. I do not have any clear opinion about its content. And if I ask people on the streets about their opinion, many of them just did not realize that there exists a Lisbon Treaty. This makes it quite clear, that there is an enormous lack of (official) public clarification about the subject. Indeed, I do not see any kind of clarification campaign in the media or on the streets: What is the Lisbon treaty? What changes will it bring in our daily lives? And most importantly: What changes will take place in the European democratic system? None of these and other questions are being debated – at least not so, that the normal citizen is aware of. And what shocks me the most – and if I’m correctly informed – is that, with exception of Ireland, all European gouverments reject a referendum! And without a referendum, there is no necessity to inform the public. This fact makes me even more sceptical about the content of the treaty. Why shouldn’t we, as European citizens, be allowed to vote for our future? They write “The Treaty of Lisbon will reinforce democracy in the EU”, but rejecting a referendum is not really a good start!!!
Personally, I’m for a referendum! And for the respective clarification of the population, necessary to make a referendum meaningful.
I found the following film in the Internet “End of Nations – EU Takeover & the Lisbon Treaty”, wich is clearly against the treaty. I hesitated to publish it in my blog, but I decided to do it, since the sense of showing and spreading it, is not to sell its content, but to encourage the debate. I tried to collect also some links which are listed below, but the best thing is to google for information. If you known some other Internet pages with a critical (i.e. objective) point of view on the subject, please let me know.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
ZEIT.DE (04.06.08 – German) * ZEIT.DE (05.06.08 – German) * BBC NEWS * politics.o.uk * Fondation Robert Shuman * economis.com * libertas.org * OK, there are too many interesting links to list here :-P.
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