Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Lisbon Treaty: Dadaistic legal drafting

José M. de Areilza scorns the preparation and drafting of the Reform Treaty of the European Union. The Lisbon Treaty is a low point in European integration. A few quotes:

”Lisbon is one of the lowest points in European integration, in terms of living up to ideals and the demands of democratic process and political debate.”

“Plus, leaders not wanting to publish a consolidated version of the new Treaty until it is ratified, European citizens should not waste their time reading the new rules of the game, written in non-sensical Dada fashion.”

“In any case, policy improvements do not justify the total departure from the rhetoric of bringing citizens and institutions closer.”


The comparison between dadaistic non-sense and the legal drafting of the Lisbon Treaty is made by a Spanish professor in European Law.

The clamour for more readable, consolidated treaties is growing louder by the day.

Ralf Grahn


José M. de Areilza: Treaty of Lisbon: ”jamais vu”;, 3.11.2007 ;