November 18, 2007

THERE IS NO EUROPE:

EU polls would be lost, says Nicolas Sarkozy (Bruno Waterfield, 15/11/2007, Daily Telegraph)

Referendums on the new European Union Treaty were "dangerous" and would be lost in France, Britain and other countries, Nicolas Sarkozy has admitted.

The French president's confession that governments could not win popular votes on a "simplified treaty" - drawn up to replace the EU constitution rejected by his countrymen two years ago - was made in a closed meeting of senior Euro-MPs.

"France was just ahead of all the other countries in voting no. It would happen in all member states if they have a referendum. There is a cleavage between people and governments," he said.


An amusing admission.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2007 5:01 PM
Comments

People be damned, the mandarins know better.

Posted by: ic at November 18, 2007 6:19 PM

A nice twist, saying that the French were ahead of the curve. I'm sure Segolene Royal and the Socialists just loved it. If only Sarko had gone full Anglo and wondered why Brussels wants to govern all Europe when it can't even manage Belgium.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 18, 2007 11:50 PM

It would also be wise to keep in mind Europe's abject performance in the Balkan fiasco/tragedy/catastrophe, post-Tito.

Which hasn't, of course, dimmed Europe's enthusiasm for telling Israel what it ought to do and what Israel's real interests ought to be.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at November 19, 2007 2:23 AM
« THE TITLE'S ACCURATE ANYWAY: | Main | BUT IT'S A MYTH THE ATLANTICISTS NEVER CEASE TO FALL FOR: »