Thursday, 7 June 2007

New treaty with substance

The French president’s office has distributed an interview, where Mr Sarkozy said that France holds the keys to leaving the European crisis behind. Now there needs to be agreement on the contents of the new treaty. It cannot be a Constitution, which the French did not want. It should have substance: a stable president of the European Council, a European foreign minister, greater scope for majority votes and a reference to the fundamental rights.

Today, the European Parliament gave a resounding Yes to the substance of the Constitutional Treaty, when it voted on its Plan B, as in BarĂ³n Crespo and Brok.

Ralf Grahn