Friday, 16 October 2009

EU Lisbon Treaty: Honourable men

I come to bury Lisbon, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Lisbon. The noble Vaclav
Hath told you Lisbon was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
And grievously hath Lisbon answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Vaclav and the rest, -
For Vaclav is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men, -
Come I to speak in Lisbon’s funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Vaclav says he was ambitious;
and Vaclav is an honourable man.


Honourable men

Knowing that 27 member states have agreed and 27 national parliaments have approved the Treaty of Lisbon, as honourable men, David Cameron and William Hague would never rest their EU policy on sabotage against parliamentary authority by Czech president Vaclav Klaus, surely?

Knowing that national governments and national parliaments want the Lisbon Treaty, and that they make the most important decisions in the European Union, as an honourable man, David Hannan would never misrepresent them as Eurocrats, surely?


Sober analysis

Eurostein on Adjudicating Europe adds a sober reminder to the actors involved in the Lisbon Treaty ratification difficulties:

“Being too lenient on this kind of unilateral statist exceptionalism, which lacks any principled argumentative foundation, could bring about an avalanche of similar actions in the future.”

According to Czech Happenings, former President Vaclav Havel has said that Klaus with his attitude harmed the country, his arguments were anachronistic and unconvincing.

Ralf Grahn