Fri Jun 27th, 2008 at 05:58:11 PM EST
Today's UK Telegraph has an article on the EU by Bruno Waterfield and has two interesting quotes by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the architect of the EU Constitution:
"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."
That is troubling enough on its own given 13 or 14 countries may be able to control the policies and actions of the EU. But combined with this next, it appears to indicate that the representatives, and not the citizens of Europe, will be in total control. [editor's note, by Migeru]
The article's byline paraphrases
Future referendums will be ignored whether they are held in Ireland or elsewhere
One will have to trust -
- One's own government as well as the governments of all the other countries
- Your country's representatives as well as the representatives of all the other countries
- That the right representatives of the right countries will get together on the right side of the right issues.
He then goes on to reassure us:
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."
That doesn't leave me with a lot of trust.