Democratic thinking

Articles on democracy in the independent online media

August 26, 2005

Europe's future

2005 has proved a bad year for supporters of the integration and expansion of the European Union. The majority of voters in the referenda in France (29 May) and in the Netherlands (1 June) rejected the EU’s constitutional treaty; the subsequent summit in Brussels (16-17 June) failed to agree the union’s budget for 2007-2013.

The prevailing opinion in European and world media is that these events have inflicted a severe blow on EU institutions, as well as revealing sharp, troubling divisions over the union’s very identity and direction. Some commentators (like Gwyn Prins in openDemocracy) suggest that monetary union and the euro are doomed; others declare that enlargement is at an end. Few note that the Europessimists’ referendum victories were no landslides, or that the EU’s budget debates have always been fractious.


At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The EU is in trouble....could be that all the Eurotrash really hate each other

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make putting a Blog together look easy. I'm trying to make a site about VietNam and Agent Orange , which is really what it's about. When I try to incorporate words like effects of agent orange , it gets tough. Maybe I'll get it right one of these days. ---Jack---

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be that all Eurotrash will get it together one day and wipe out all the US trash?

Don't forget that empires do not last forever. Especially mismanaged empires.


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