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An outsider's view

Why does a German guy who lives in Brussels comment on the Irish referendum from Dublin?

Answer to the No-siders:
Sorry, but your vote also affects my life, wherever I live in the EU. We tried hard to get referendums in other EU member states, but eventually you're the only ones who will have a say on this treaty.

Answer to the yes-siders:
If you are in favour of Lisbon you are voting for more interference from bigger countries, for more harmonisation across the EU and less influence of small states. So you better get used to listening and learning from the big guys.

Yours

Thomas Rupp

co-ordinator
European Referendum Campaign

thomas(at)erc2.org


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If in doubt: Follow your feelings! - If nobody explains the treaty to you in a way you canunderstand it: Just follow your feelings. Read more

Were's the beef? I only see chicken. - About the lack of a real debate in the Irish referendum. Read more


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No vote will paralyse European elites

Dublin, 8 June 2008


Shortly after the rejection of the EU Constitution by the Dutch and French voters the European elites and the mainstream media declared that this was no vote against the EU but they only wanted to punish their governments. Jean Claude Juncker, PM of Luxembourg said in the press conference of the European Council: “Unfortunately the electorate did not realize that the constitutional treaty was specifically aimed at meeting their concerns." The president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso said during the same event: "The European institutions but also member states want to understand what European citizens want.(…) But we are not going to stop. We are not going to come to a hold. We got a plan. We got something to do."

Look, this is as simple as it can be: These guys couldn't care less about the people. A TNS poll at that time revealed the three main reasons for the Dutch to say no: One, they did not want to lose influence in the EU; two, as a small country they wanted to keep their identity and control over their own affairs; and three, they felt the integration process is going much too fast. Does this ring a bell? Don't you think that these could be legitimate concerns shared by many Europeans – specifically in small countries?

So what were Juncker and Barosso blathering about. In whose name did they speak? If they would run a business, declaring that the customers are too stupid to understand the benefits of their products, they were kicked out of the market immediately and were the laughing stock of the whole business community. But unfortunately other rules seam to apply to the world of politics. I really love the piece Vincent Brown wrote in the Sunday Business Post today were he says: “The problem of the Yes side is that there aren't any really strong arguments for voting Yes, other than that a large number of important people in Europe, maybe 240 of them, will be seriously pissed off for at least a few days.”

Another article in the same news paper is entitled: “No vote will paralyse EU – Saying no to the Lisbon Treaty would be, by far the most damaging decision in foreign relations ever taken by Ireland.” And who says this? No other than Peter Sutherland, former Irish EU Commissioner (1985-1989) and former Secretary General of the WTO (1993-1995) and currently vice chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists. You know, if you read articles like this, just replace the abbreviation “EU” by “European elites” and you will come much closer to the truth.

Anyway, following the polls from The Irish Times only 5% of the Irish voters want to vote no to protest against the Government. And one third (36%) of the yes voters do so because they do not want to embarrass Ireland. This is just for the record, in case of future interpretation of a possible Irish no vote.


 

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