Thursday, May 26, 2005

EU Constitution Facing Defeat...

The European Union was born from post World War II trade agreements between certain European nations allowing them to operate as a powerful trading bloc. Our European friends have even come up with their own currency known as the Euro, and now their trying to push through a Constitution to complete their half-assed version of the United States.

The Netherlands will put it before their voters next Wednesday (June 1) while French voters take their shot at approving the EU Constitution this Sunday, on May 29. The Times Online reports that things are not looking favorable for Chirac and his dream of a counterbalance to American power.

“The thing is lost,” Nicolas Sarkozy told French ministers during an ill-tempered meeting. “It will be a little ‘no’ or a big ‘no’,” he was quoted as telling Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the Prime Minister, whom he accused of leading a feeble campaign.

Although Europe would be thrown into disarray, the Government would be greatly relieved if M Sarkozy were right.

The reason many French government officials would be relieved is the same reason the people are going to reject the treaty on Sunday; they fear a liberalization of their economy. They fear a weakening of everything from trade protections to labor protections as goods and migrant workers are given more favorable standing than they currently enjoy in France. If you're interested in French politics, keep an eye on M Sarkozy as he will be challenging Chirac in the next elections. In fact, it was no accident he publicized this news on the morning of Chirac's last attempt to persuade the French electorate to vote "Yes" on Sunday.

UPDATE 8:46 AM: The EU ministers in Brussels are threatening to put all no voters in concentration camps... Oh wait, I may be misreading that. Gwyn Prins has a much more complete picture (hat tip: Instapundit).

For the first time, fear really stalks the Rue de la Loi in Brussels, headquarters of the European Commission. It is visceral. We know this because of the increasingly hysterical register of the messages in which the commissioners are sending French and Dutch voters preparing (in their referenda on 29 May and 1 June respectively) to vote down the treaty establishing a federal constitution. If you do so, the European Union nomenklatura is saying, you will bring to Europe economic disaster, a return to internecine war or (most tastelessly and least forgivably) another Holocaust.

Yes, this will have an impact on the United States. Whether the impact is positive or negative will depend on the reaction of European leaders to the rejection of their proposed Constitution.

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