Sunday, 2 November 2008

Declan Ganley and European elections 2009

RZ over at Re: Europa had noticed the latest announcement on Libertas about preparations for the European elections in June 2009 in the blog post ‘What’s up with Declan?’:

RZ summed it up by describing the announcement as ‘zero positive vision’.


I agree with RZ that the words and deeds of Declan Ganley and Libertas need to be followed closely.

In my view, the latest signs have not been encouraging, despite Ganley’s talk about a strong and democratic Europe. I quote my own comment:

Declan Ganley has spoken out for a strong and democratic European Union. This is all very well, but the personalities he has been associating with seem to be mainly nationalists and anti-Europeans.

Rejecting the Lisbon Treaty is not much of a programme for a five year parliament, especially when the campaign - if successful - would be a huge investment in retaining the Nice Treaty. Hardly a result worth admiration.

If Ganley is serious about a strong and democratic Europe, he should build a positive platform for change. In that case he should look for friends and allies in new places, not among the crowds most firmly entrenched in the past.


As I see it, Declan Ganley and Libertas stand at a crossroads. They can look for support among the “souverainistes” of yesteryear or they can build a platform for the future of a democratic Europe. But the moment of truth is approaching fast.

Ralf Grahn