The American Interest

The E.U.S.S.R. Marches On

The coalition of multicultural fanatics, postnational technocrats, neo-Marxists, and crooks who run the European Union had warned, until the very day of the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty (June 13), that its rejection would sound the death knell for the “united Europe” and mark the end of the world as we know it.  But as soon as the negative result became known, France’s President Sarkozy, Britain’s Prime Minister Brown, and others started explaining, with a matter-of-fact aloofness, that the Irish vote did not matter: The collective march toward an ever-tighter Union must go on unhindered.

One week later, the E.U. summit in Brussels decided to move on with the treaty’s ratification despite the Irish rejection, hoping that the process in all other member countries—no referenda, parliamentary votes only—will be completed in time for the next European elections in June 2009.

European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering welcomed this “strong signal” from the European Council.  The French leader of the E.U. Parliament’s center-right EPP-ED group, Joseph Daul, was happy to see the E.U. leaders “united” in their commitment to continue the ratification process.  The Austrian vice chairman of the PSE group, Hannes Swoboda, said the “rescue mission” for the Lisbon Treaty was the main challenge for the incoming French...

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