Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The End of the World (NOT!)

As most of you must have heard, France was voting yesterday on the European constitutionnal treaty and rejected it. I voted against it myself - therefore I can't say I'm unhappy about the outcome, even though I don't think it is a result to cheer to, either.

Let me try and be a bit more articulate about this. I have been for all my politically conscious life in favour of furthering the European union. For that reason, I was in favour of a real European constitution and I'm a bit sad at having to dismiss the proposed text. The problem is that this text was absolute crap, there's no other way to describe it. Well, see for yourself if you feel like it. I mean, this would be fine if we were talking about the rules and regulations of a condominum, but this is meant to be a constitution!

Moreover, the project included the present policies of the Union (with very few modifications), changing them into constitutionnal standards. This is unacceptable on a matter of principle and even more so if you happen to disagree with said policies...

The "Yes" camp tried to make us believe that a "no" would mean the end of the world as we know it. Well, so far, this failed to happen. The prime minister resigned this morning, but that was long overdue and anyway the new government will be mostly a reshuffle of the previous ones. The Euro went down some, but since industrialists have been wailing over the Euro's overvaluation for months, one has to think this is actually good news. Of course, the "constitution" is now a walking dead and will be even deader tomorrow after Netherland's vote but, considering the quality of the text, this isn't bad news either.

I just hope that, after going through the current rough patch, the European institutions are going to go back to work and write a completely new text, much shorter, much clearer and, for short, much more constitution-like. I'd approve it as soon as I can.


Chris said...

Yeah le-plume I do agree that the yes camp was trying some scare tactics in order to persuade the vote.

Like I said on my site, if I were able to vote yes or no, I would have voted NO as well.

I have printed off a copy of some details about the EU constitution and some analysis also. I'm going to read them today and tonight and probably do a post about it on my site.

I'm glad to see that you are volunteering and becoming involved in the process. The electoral process is completely dependent upon volunteers. One way or another be involved. I think you are doing just that.

I am also thinking about doing a short interview with someone from France with first-hand details about the vote and the future of the EU and all both entail. If you have time, would you be willing to answer about 5-7 questions?

Thanks for comments on my site and thanks for doing what you do.

Le Plume said...

sorry, was a bit comatose this week. Feel free to send your questions at le.plume at free.fr.

Chris said...

Cool. I'll get them ready.

Chris said...

Finally got your interview up.