Thursday, 17 May 2007

Chucking out the Charter?

European leaders try to reach agreement on a restricted treaty revision, which would improve the decision making of the European Union.

We seem to be heading towards a more minimalist text than the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe, already agreed between all the 27 member states.

Most reports on the ongoing discussions the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the Union is going to be chucked out of the new treaty.

But why on earth do the rights of individual Europeans have to be among the first victims, as now looks highly probable?

The United Kingdom, once again, as well as some other governments even expend prestige and energy in order to restrict the freedoms and rights of their own and other European citizens. How can this be sold to reflecting parts of the public?

Ralf Grahn