UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3105 times:
I suppose this is especially directed to our French A.netters...
So the future of Europe's first constitution is looking cloudier with every passing day. French President Jacques Chirac's entire reasoning behind advancing the date for the referendum on the constitution was to stem the decaying support. In the summer of 1992, France was set to vote on the Maastricht Treaty, and as the months running up to the vote passed, support tumbled from nearly 70% to 50%. It was obviously hoped that a similar situation could be avoided this time, yet current polling shows that, virtually over night, support has disappeared.
Over the last six months, support has hovered around 60%-65%. Yet, stunningly, between March 1st and today support has dropped to 45%. An incredible 20% decrease over a 30 day period. Another blow to Monsieur Chirac is Turkey. He has publicly supported Turkish entry into the EU, yet French polls indicate strong opposition to the idea.
My question is what happened to create such a sudden implosion of support and what is the driving force behind it? I am especially confused on Turkey. Aside from providing vast economic benefits, a Turkish EU membership could do wonders for women’s' rights, workers' rights and indeed human rights in that country.
Is the EU set for failure, or at least debilitating delays? Should it return back to the original idea of only a small core group of nations? Will French support for the constitution rebound prior to the May 29th vote? Does this damage Monsieur Chirac's chances of reelection?
This is a valid question to ask which I don't believe has been appropriately addressed. Soveriegnty, culture, economies, trade, commerce, you name it is all controlled and stipulated in the EU "Constitution"....which is more like a business contract rather than a brief statement of common principles.