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NYT: Convincing Win For European Treaty

From the one-worlder New York Times:

A ‘Convincing Win’ in Ireland for European Treaty

By ERIC PFANNER and SARAH LYALL

October 4, 2009

DUBLIN — They rejected it only 16 months ago. But in a stunning about-face spurred by economic turmoil, Ireland’s voters have overwhelmingly approved a far-reaching treaty meant to consolidate the power of the European Union and reorganize the way it does business, the government announced Saturday.

Ireland’s approval of the pact, known as the Lisbon Treaty, removes one of the biggest stumbling blocks to its eventual enactment by Europe as a whole. The treaty would give Europe a more powerful foreign policy chief and its first full-time president, and strengthen the role of the European Parliament; it is also meant to more clearly delineate the relationship between national legislatures and Europe…

Ireland went to the polls on Friday. In the final count issued Saturday afternoon, yes votes outnumbered the no votes by a margin of about two to one.

Signed by European leaders in 2007, the Lisbon Treaty is the result of years of painstaking negotiations among countries trying to retain their national identities and hang on to power while ceding some control to an ever more integrated Europe. A reflection of the European Union’s rapid expansion in the past five years, to 27 members from 15, the treaty must be adopted by all member countries to take force. Now only two countries are left: Poland, whose approval is all but assured, and the Czech Republic, where the situation is more uncertain.

The lopsidedness of the vote in Ireland reflects both the success of a strong pro-treaty campaign, backed by much of Ireland’s business and political establishment, and Ireland’s dire economic situation…

It’s funny, but when the Lisbon Treaty was voted down by Ireland just little more than a year ago, the Irish were described as a tiny cranky 3 million minority, compared to the rest of the 490 million Europeans who wanted it.

But now that the Irish have foolishly knuckled under, they speak for everyone.

Of course the entire article is typical agit-prop from The Times.

Even left-leaning Wikipedia has a more objective write-up:

The Treaty of Lisbon

… Negotiations to modify EU institutions began in 2001, resulting first in the European Constitution, which failed (2005) due to rejection by French and Dutch voters. The Constitution’s replacement, the Lisbon Treaty, was originally intended to have been ratified by all member states by the end of 2008, so it could come into force before the 2009 European elections. However, the rejection of the Treaty in 2008 by Irish voters, a legal challenge in Germany, and the refusal of the Czech and Polish Presidents to ratify the treaty meant that this date could not be met.

Ireland approved the treaty in a second referendum held on 2 October 2009. There are now concerns that if the Czech Republic delay ratification beyond Thursday 3 June 2010, there is a chance that the Conservative Party will take control in the United Kingdom and will hold a referendum on the matter. Polls suggest that if this should be the case, the British public would vote against the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty

You can also bet that the results of the aforementioned European elections will have some of these leaders thinking differently.

But you would never know any of this from the New York Times.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NYT: Convincing Win For European Treaty”

  1. proreason says:

    “But in a stunning about-face spurred by economic turmoil, Ireland’s voters have overwhelmingly approved a far-reaching treaty meant to consolidate the power of the European Union and reorganize the way it does business, the government announced Saturday.”

    Crises have a way of “clearing the field” for despots, don’t they?

    Certainly, Mr Soros, Goldman Sachs, and Obamy’s other handlers have read THAT part of history.


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