Europe’s Constitutional Treaty: A Threat to Democracy and How to Avoid It
Volume 4, Number 5
Declan J. Ganley is an Irish entrepreneur and founder of wireless broadband and cable TV businesses in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. In the early 1990s he built what became the largest private forestry company in the former Soviet Union. He serves on the Futures Group of the Irish Government’s Information Society Commission.
Many observers view former president of France Valery Giscard d’Estaing as having labored tirelessly in the interests of his nation and Europe over the course of his life of public service. But Giscard d’Estaing now presides over the Brussels convention charged with producing a draft constitution for the future of Europe, the very concept of which is an attack on democracy in Europe and a subversion of Europe’s citizenry.
“Democracy” derives from the ancient Greek word for “the rule of the people.” Invented in Europe, its ideals have spread to the far corners of the globe. It has become our way of life in Europe and something we take for granted. It cannot be taken from us or relegated to the role of symbolic chattel while Giscard d’Estaing and his convention transfer its key functions to Brussels. Throughout Europe’s history, those who attempt to take from the people that which is theirs ultimately fail; one can only hope that the convention’s usurpation of the European agenda seems similarly destined to fail.
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” European citizens must pay attention to and act on the draft constitution for the future of Europe that the convention’s logrolling has produced. Unless they do, a serious assault will have been carried out by the European elite represented by the convention, which will further encroach on Europe’s libertarian democratic society and its ability to hold those who govern accountable for their actions. If the convention succeeds, Europe’s future may be headed down a very dangerous path.
The draft constitution represents the political bureaucracy’s attempt to consolidate its hold over the decision-making process in the EU, which affects Europeans’ daily lives in fundamental ways. Should it come to pass, the constitution would call for a presidential head of Europe, in the role of the president of the European Council, who will have global recognition as president of the Union, in whose election the people will have no say. Their vote and opinion are neither required nor desired.
A foreign affairs minister would oversee the tract in the draft, that “member states shall actively and unreservedly support the Union’s common foreign and security policy in a spirit of loyalty and mutual solidarity. They shall refrain from action contrary to the Union’s interests or likely to undermine its effectiveness.” Of course, the (non-popularly elected) president and his or her foreign minister would be unlikely to display what Chirac earlier this year identified as the “bad behavior” and signs of being “badly brought up” of the annoying, democratically elected leaders of Central and Eastern European states.
The president and minister will be hand-picked by the Brussels bureaucracy. The European minister for foreign affairs, who will represent European interests to the world, will not have been appointed by a president elected by Europeans. It is already the case that Europeans did not elect those responsible for the policy that underpins the Euro. The governor of the European Central Bank is neither directly nor indirectly accountable to the citizenry. This means that Western Europeans live in a far less accountable society than they did only a decade or so ago. Sweden’s rejection of the Euro in its recent referendum is a sign that Europeans recognise this fact and require accountability from those setting monetary and other policy. The many areas over which they have ceded or will be ceding power to Brussels include employment regulation, industry, transport, communications, justice, health, agriculture, fisheries, and important aspects of defence. The national veto is to be abolished in no fewer than 50 new areas, including immigration and asylum. The draft constitution also ratifies that EU law will have primacy over member states.
[As we have already pointed out it would be impossible for the EU to make any major changes to its CONSTITUTION because it is the exact copy of Himmler's PLAN for EUROPE which was finally put into being in the Nazi Geopolitical Centre in Madrid in 1943 when it was accepted that the Nazis would lose the WAR. Our support of
is because that even those who agree about a EUROPEAN UNION which WE DO NOT nevertheless it WILL PROVE to the EU FANATICS that the FAULT is in their passionate adherence to a TOTALITARIAN ideal which any Nazis still living will smile with quiet satisfaction that what they could not complete in TWO WORLD WARS they have DONE by the willing cooperation of ENGLAND'S QUEEN and the majority of members of our once respected and honourable Houses of PARLIAMENT.]
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