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Well, off the bat here are the demands I don't want the Spanish government to agree to

  • The removal of all eight self-amending articles including the simplified revision procedure in Article 48;
  • The removal of Article 46a giving the EU a single legal personality;
  • Substantial amendments to aspects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy;
These are having their cake and eating it, too:

  • Substantial amendments to aspects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy;
  • Substantial amendments to the section of Common Defence and Security Policy;
  • A new protocol on neutrality;
If Ireland gets a protocol on neutrality, why do they need to amend the CFSP and the Defence and Security Policy? Might as well opt out of them with the protocol.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 05:07:44 PM EST
Yes, I guess they would try to hard wire certain things they like into the Common Foreign and Security Policy. Now clearly this is completly unacceptable and there is no way any government can agree to that.
by rz on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 05:22:05 PM EST
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"These are having their cake and eating it"

Spot on. They want to ensure that there is no risk that all their demands might actually be met. Their primary aim is to appear constructive ("look, we present clear proposals") and yet ensure that there is no risk that they might actually have to support a compromise proposal.

by det on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 05:29:40 PM EST
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Isn't that what De Valera did to Michael Collins?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 05:33:22 PM EST
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