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EU Gets First Constitution!  
User currently offlineSabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2729 posts, RR: 46
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 900 times:

A deal has been reached on the first constitution for the European Union after hours of talks at the EU summit in Brussels. The final text of the constitution was put to leaders of the 25 EU states, who approved it a short time ago.

The European Constitution sets out the powers of the national governments of the member states and the EU's various institutions as well as a charter of fundamental rights and a detailed catalogue of how the Union will conduct a wide range of internal and foreign policies.

The European Constitution will pave the way for a European President as well as a European Secretary of State.

It also limits veto power of member states, but measures must have the backing of at least 55% of EU states, representing at least 65% of the total population, in order to pass.

The Constitution will make NO reference to any God.

Now every country will have to ratify the Constitution, either in national parliaments or through public referendums.




[Edited 2004-06-19 00:57:15]

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User currently offlinePhxairfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 811 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 886 times:

I want to congratulate the European Union on this, as from what I've read it took a lot to accomplish. After finally coming to a compromise, everyone toasted each other with champagne. Somehow I don't see Republicans and Democrats do this, at least anytime soon.

User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 887 times:

Congratulations on losing your sovereignty.  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 872 times:

"The Constitution will make NO reference to any God."

and thats the best part of it  Smile



10=2
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 851 times:

I hope this piece of undemocratic crap never gets approved. It signs the national sovereignty of the smaller member nations over verbatim to the two big players: France and Germany.

Napoleon and Hitler would be very pleased, their heirs have done through political backstabbing and bribery what they themselves couldn't through force of arms.



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 845 times:

Say NO now or say OUI for the rest of your life!


I wish I were flying
User currently offlineEGFFbmi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 831 times:

Down with Germany and France!

The rest of Europe Unite
 Big grin


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5743 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 830 times:

My only hope is, that the Constitution will get voted down in referendums and ratifications.
Each and everyone who's against the Constitution will get personally kicked out of the EU by Chirac himself!


User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 826 times:

It is great news, and even though I would have preferred more issues to be decided by a regular majority decision, I am fully aware that, politically, that was just not doable.

The double majority principle will prevent the EU being hijacked by the larger states - to pass something you have to have the yes-votes of 55% percent of the countries in the EU (at 25 states that means if you don't have 14 countries behind your idea, it won't work) - and you have to have 65% of the EU population represented by these countries (with a total population around 450 million that means you need countries representing 293 million - just for those that think Germany and France will rule everything from now on: Germany has 82.2 million, France has 61.2 million - so they're "just" 149.6, or more than the population of these two countries combined, million short of an absolute majority).

So much for Schröder and Chirac ruling everything... people, just on occasion it really helps to look at the numbers behind the, in my view quite far out, accusation one makes...

Regards,
Frank

P.S.: Before you go writing things like "You're from Germany so it's no wonder you'd agree" - I live in Germany, true, but I'm a citizen of one of the smaller EU countries (Austria, population of 8.8 million - about half as many people as the Netherlands has)...



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 807 times:

I particularly like the subsidiarity principle that´s been brought in by the german delegation: The EU level shall only regulate issues that are best dealt with on that level; National parliaments will be able to sue at the European Court to reclaim powers that would violate this principle.


Besides: Anything that gets Jwenting into an open panic can´t be all bad...!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 792 times:

i thought exactly the same klaus, seeing who is all against it now(and who had been against it before), it cant be such a bad thing.
i also agree about the subsidiarity principle, it is a mighty tool to keep the eu efficient and might prove to be the difference between a behemoth of bureaucracy and the efficient government model of the future.



10=2
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 791 times:

Well, it might make the administration more efficient...  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 778 times:

Please note that there IS an annex which states that the constituion cannot override national laws...so don't worry, member states haven't signed away their soverignty.

It does beg the question of the use and need of the constituion though.


User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 767 times:

It's got a single currency, and its getting a constitution, a foreign minister, a secretary of state and president. Sounds like a its heading towards a super state to me.


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User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 757 times:

Oh I forgot one thing it's got it's own parliament, but it's not a super state.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 758 times:

Well I'm glad about the removal of the reference to Christian heritage, and about the increase in the number of countries/percentage of population to pass a measure.

The way France has handled the new Commission President is appalling - the insistence that the new person be

a) From inside the Schengen Area
b) Fluent in French

is a total insult to the 80% of Europeans that are not Francophone. I really hope Chris Patten gets it, even though he's a Tory - he might kick some flabby Brussels butt about the whole gravy train bureaucracy.

In the meantime I hope all European countries gang up together and block all Franco-German proposals for the next 5 years, just because they can !


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 705 times:

Hi all,

Booo to the constitution, say NO to it.

Im an English not European.

"Say NO now or say OUI for the rest of your life!"

Thats funny, also worryingly true  Smile

Ben Pritchard


User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 700 times:

"Say NO now or say OUI for the rest of your life!"

Thats funny, also worryingly true

I'd say worryingly ridiculous get's a whole lot closer to the truth...  Insane

Regards,
Frank



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