'We're in God's Hands'

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Postby CielOnTap on Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:42 pm

10-01-2009 14:34

What If the Irish Pass Lisbon Treaty?

By Doug Bandow

Ireland is holding a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty on Friday. If the Irish say yes, the European Union will be stronger. But will anyone notice?

The EU is two organizations. The first is a common market, the term by which the organization once was known. The EU knocks down national trade barriers, allows free capital and labor mobility, and standardizes economic rules. The result has been to promote economic liberty and development.

The EU's second role is to act as a continental political unit. This objective remains less complete and more controversial.
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Lisbon Treaty is making the rounds through the countries of Europe. http://europa.eu/lisbon_treaty/full_text/index_en.htm In case you want to learn what it is about, there's the full text for your discovery.
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Postby tattoo on Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:35 pm

They said Yes.



Ireland's recession-hit voters have overwhelmingly approved the European Union's ambitious and long-delayed reform plans, electoral chiefs announced Saturday in a referendum result greeted with wild cheers in Dublin — and nervous sighs of relief in Brussels.

Ireland had been the primary obstacle to ratifying the EU Lisbon Treaty, a mammoth agreement designed to modernize and strengthen the 27-nation bloc's institutions and decision-making powers in line with its near-doubling in size since 2004. The treaty will make it easier to take decisions by majority rather than unanimous votes, and give a bigger say to national parliaments and the European Parliament in shaping EU policies.

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Re: 'We're in God's Hands'

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:18 pm

10/05/2009

Signing the Lisbon Treaty
Czech Media Calls President an 'Embarrassing Handicap'
By Sarah Karacs
Media in the Czech Republic have hit out against President Vaclav Klaus, who is threatening not to sign the Lisbon Treaty and delay ratification for months. They call the Czech leader an embarrassment and discuss ways of forcing his signature.

The Irish have ratified the Lisbon Treaty; the Poles are soon to follow suit. The spotlight turns on the president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus and he has been slammed by the media in his own country.

Klaus is refusing to sign the Lisbon Treaty, which is meant to bring widespread reforms to the EU and streamline decision-making, because members of his own party -- the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) -- submitted a complaint to the country's Constitutional Court calling on it to determine whether it violates the country's constitution. Klaus has stated he will not sign the treaty until the court makes its judgment in November. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,653336,00.html
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Re: 'We're in God's Hands'

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:16 pm

October 12, 2009

Czech Cabinet in emergency session to force President Klaus to sign Lisbon treaty
David Charter in Brussels

The Czech Cabinet meets in emergency session today to consider how to persuade their stubborn President to sign the Lisbon treaty — under intense pressure from Paris and Berlin to complete the ratification as soon as possible.

With President Klaus demanding a last-minute amendment as the price of his signature — the final approval required in the 27-nation European Union — the Government is locked in a trial of strength with its head of state and on the brink of a constitutional crisis. If it supports his demands the treaty might have to be reopened amid lengthy delays, possibly allowing time for David Cameron’s Conservatives to win the next British election and hold a referendum on the treaty as they have promised.

If the the Czech Government opposes President Klaus then it may have to resort to a form of impeachment or strip him of his treaty-signing powers so as to complete ratification. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6870167.ece
What ever happened to deciding what's best for the country, rather than following the other countries? Isn't that how democracy is supposed to work?

If the Lisbon treaty does not get signed, it means no implementation in the European Union. Surely that was a possibility when the treaty was signed.
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10/19/2009

The World from Berlin
'Vaclav Klaus Had Become Almost Unbearable'
Czech President Vaclav Klaus indicated over the weekend that he would finally sign the European Union's Lisbon Treaty. His hesitation was the last major hurdle facing the reform agreement and German commentators say it's about time.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus finally ran out of allies. For much of the year, the European Union's most famous detractor could point to Ireland as an excuse for not signing the Lisbon Treaty. But then the Irish backed the reform agreement in a referendum. At a party conference earlier this month British conservatives briefly paid lip service to that nation's Euro-skeptics, posing as David to the EU Goliath by suggesting a referendum on the subject if they got into power -- but it quickly became clear that their strategy was tenuous at best. Even Polish President Lech Kaczynski signed the Lisbon Treaty earlier in October.

Over the weekend, Klaus finally indicated that he would do the same, telling the Czech paper Lidove Noviny that the train "is already moving so fast and has gone so far that it is probably impossible to stop it or to bring it back."http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,655975,00.html
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Re: 'We're in God's Hands'

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:03 pm

PM: Klaus to sign Lisbon if demand met
ČTK | 29 October 2009
Prague, Oct 28 (CTK) - Czech President Vaclav Klaus will not demand other conditions and postpone his signature on the Lisbon Treaty if his latest demand for an opt-out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights as part of the treaty is met, PM Jan Fischer told reporters Wednesday, adding that Klaus had assured him of it.

Klaus must also wait for the Constitutional Court's verdict on the treaty.

The government will do its utmost to push through the opt-out at the upcoming EU summit on October 29-30, Fischer said after a government extraordinary meeting Wednesday. http://praguemonitor.com/2009/10/29/pm-klaus-sign-lisbon-after-his-condition-fulfilled
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Re: 'We're in God's Hands'

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:37 am

At least Czech Republic is discussing the matter of the treaty. It would be great to get a sense of what the citizenry is understanding of the treaty itself, not the politics, and the treaty's impact on life in Czech Republic.

Senators complete Lisbon revision proposal for third time
ČTK | 3 November 2009
Prague, Nov 2 (CTK) - The group of Czech senators who have submitted a proposal that the Constitutional Court check the compatibility of the Lisbon treaty with the Czech constitution lodged a third completion to their material on Friday, court secretary general Tomas Langasek said Monday.

Senators were criticised already when they filed their second completion during a public hearing last week.

Court chairman Pavel Rychetsky said the senators' procedure indicative of "obstruction." http://praguemonitor.com/2009/11/03/senators-complete-lisbon-revision-proposal-third-time

Then today's outcome of the Constitutional Court decision:
Czech Court Backs New E.U. Treaty
By DAN BILEFSKY and STEPHEN CASTLE
Published: November 3, 2009
PRAGUE — The Czech Republic’s Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the European Union’s landmark Lisbon Treaty was compatible with the country’s constitution, removing the last hurdle for President Vaclav Klaus to sign the document.

Mr. Klaus, a vociferous critic of the treaty and of the European Union in general, was the last holdout on the document, which is meant to streamline decision-making and must be ratified by all 27 member states to come into effect. He had insisted that he could not endorse the treaty until the court delivered its verdict. Both houses of the Czech Parliament have endorsed the document, but it cannot come into law until Mr. Klaus signs it.

The treaty’s supporters argue the treaty will raise the bloc’s stature on the international stage, but its detractors counter that it will centralize power in Brussels and create a European superstate. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/04/world/europe/04europe.html?ref=global-home
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Re: 'We're in God's Hands'

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:23 am

A former Czech president disagrees with the current Czech president's clause condition for signing the Lisbon treaty. Politicians, current and former, seem to be debating with each other without involving their constituents.
Havel: Opt-out from "Lisbon" for Czechs should expire
ČTK | 16 November 2009
Prague, Nov 15 (CTK) - The opt-out from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights that Czech President Vaclav Klaus has pushed through as his condition for signing the Lisbon treaty should not take effect or it should expire later, former president Vaclav Havel said in a TV debate Sunday.

Klaus demanded the opt-out in fears that the charter might enable the transferred Germans to claim their former property on Czech soil, confiscated from them on the basis of the post-war Benes decrees.

Some political parties and the unions expressed fears that the opt-out might restrict social rights of Czech citizens.http://praguemonitor.cz/2009/11/16/havel-opt-out-lisbon-czechs-should-expire
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Re: 'We're in God's Hands'

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:33 pm

I expect that more tax money flows to the European Union while citizens of member states think about how to make ends meet. More power is given to the European Union, so that is one more layer of government on the public purse. Lisbon Treaty is taking effect on December 1.

11/30/2009

Welcoming the Lisbon Treaty
A Change for the Better in Europe
It took almost a decade. But on Tuesday, the Lisbon Treaty finally goes into effect. In a contribution for SPIEGEL ONLINE, European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek writes that a new era of European democracy has begun.

"Historic" is a word often over-used. Yet, Dec. 1, 2009, will go down in the history of the European Union as the day the Lisbon Treaty enters into force, ending nearly a decade of internal discussions.

The treaty represents an era of increased democracy in the European Union and gives a huge boost to the powers of the European Parliament. There is almost a doubling of the legislative and budgetary powers of the parliament. The European Parliament will also jointly decide with national ministers in the important spheres of justice and home affairs, such as immigration and asylum including conditions for the reception of applicants, and international trade policy.

One key area of increased power is the common agricultural policy. Here Members of the European Parliament (MEP) will for the first time co-decide with national ministers on agricultural law and spending, the latter accounting for almost 40 percent of the EU budget. The same applies to the EU fisheries policy. MEPs will also get an equal say with state ministers on the how the EU's structural funds are spent. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,664338,00.html

Any legislation will be subject to the prior scrutiny of national parliaments and then the double approval of the Council of Ministers, composed of ministers accountable to those very same national parliaments, and the European Parliament. All of whom are directly elected by citizens to represent them at the European level.

This is a level of scrutiny that exists in no other international structure. It is scrutiny that should make the EU more transparent and accountable to Europe's citizens.


So, will lobbyists be making their voices louder than the citizens? Or not?
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Re: 'We're in God's Hands'

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Pirate Party sees membership slashed
Published: 18 Apr 10 12:46 CET
Sweden's Pirate Party is shedding members rapidly as enthusiasts who signed up in conjunction with last year's high profile Pirate Bay case fail to renew their membership.

The party, currently holding its annual congress, has lost lost thousands of members over the course of just a few days, the Svenska Dagbladet daily reports. At its highest point, the party played host to 50,000 signed-up members.

"I'd guess we'll lose even more over the coming week and will drop to somewhere around 25,000 to 30,000," EU parliamentarian Christian Engström told the newspaper.

The party's membership spike came in the weeks immediately following the verdict in the Pirate Bay case, announced by the district court in Stockholm a year ago. Four men connected with file sharing website were found guilty of being accessories to copyright infringement.http://www.thelocal.se/26142/20100418/
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