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Leave aside my snark, how do you feel about this - the fast-track approach to the constitution that is? In my view it would just feed resentment, but what do others think?
Considering how heated the discussion on the constitution has been, I figured this would create some discussion and maybe even ways to act proactively instead of reacting this summer when the "senior figures" has done their meetings.
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The only way of doing it is to have the right timing : pass the referendum when the government is popular. It seldom happens but there are windows of opportunity sometimes.
I have tried to keep track of the persons and positions around the 'constitution' for much of the past half year on my blog, which you can read in the Dead Constitution series.
What is needed, as I have argued before, is a bottom up exercise which explicitly excludes the national governments and parliaments (at least as much as is constitutionally practicable).
I still favour a constitutional convention, comprised entirely of people popularly elected for the specific purpose of writing a constitution beginning "We the people". The text, if one emerges, should go to a simultaneous referendum in every member state and if approved (say) by a majority overall and a majority in two thirds of the member states should then come into force for those members that have so ratified. Any states which reject the constitution would then continue with the existing arrangements (not an ideal solution but it ought to be manageable at least for a few years).
Montaubourg (socialist) and Barnier (UMP) agreed that a "mini-treaty" (part one and two in the old one) + a couple of amendments should be voted 2008. The method isn't settled but both are more or less for a single European referendum, the same day. This cannot apply to all countries for legal reasons but could be combined with parliamentary votes.
it seems that an amendment will precise Europe's frontiers and thus tell the Turks to go and Cheney themselves. It's obviously the price to pay to get a yes.
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