July 1, 2008

THE ANGLOSPHERE WITH AN ACCENT:

Poland won't sign European Union treaty (Judy Dempsey and Stephen Castle, July 1, 2008, IHT)

As France assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union on Tuesday, the bloc's wounded plans for reform took another hit , this time from Poland whose president said he would not sign into law the so-called Lisbon Treaty.

The treaty's future was thrown into doubt last month when Irish voters rejected it in a referendum. Under the EU's laws, the treaty, which was designed to modernize the institutions of the 27-nation bloc, requires unanimous backing among its member states to be adopted. Ireland was the only country whose own constitution stipulated a referendum, which has been approved by 19 national parliaments, including that of Poland.

In Warsaw, however, the signature of President Lech Kaczynski is required as the last step ratification. In a newspaper interview published Tuesday, Kaczynski said it would "pointless" to sign the Lisbon Treaty in light of the Irish rejection.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 1, 2008 8:30 AM

Hurra dla Polaków.

Posted by: erp at July 1, 2008 3:05 PM

What a sham. Approved by 19 parliaments...

First they come up with the EU constitution, which gets murdered in popular referendums. Then they revive it as the zombie of Lisbon, but this time around they decide they don't need the people's approval.

Good thing there's at least some meat around the edges...

Posted by: Dutch at July 1, 2008 5:46 PM
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