Is the EU Constitution Good?Chirac hits TV airwaves for second time to defend EU constitution
French President Jacques Chirac, buoyed by polls that show the 'yes' camp gaining ground ahead of the EU constitution referendum, appealed to skeptical left-leaning voters to support the text. The constitution is "neither on the right nor the left", Chirac said in an interview with two journalists from state-owned France 2, his second live television appearance in defense of the treaty ahead of the May 29 referendum. He called the text the "daughter of 1989", the year the Berlin Wall fell, and "especially the daughter of 1789", referring to the French Revolution, because it embraces "all the values of France". "This constitution is essentially of French inspiration," Chirac said, adding that it was "the best possible constitution for France".
WITH THE REFERENDUM DATE in France of May 29 fast approaching, Jacques Chirac, one of the most ardent supporters of the proposed European Union constitution, is finding Europe's grand project on the ropes. Eleven straight polls have found that the French would reject the proposed constitution if the referendum were held today. And despite a media blitz campaign--including television appearances and free booklets--which attempts to explain the now 800-plus page document, it is not at all clear to citizens why France (and the rest of Europe) will be better off with the constitution. At the same time a combination of skepticism, apathy, and political rivalry among France's political elites is threatening to derail the project, while the constitution's defenders airily dismiss any criticism as simple "Europhobia."
European Union a model for the demise of democracy
The European ruling elite is having a collective nervous breakdown for fear the French will vote on May 29 and to reject the European Union constitution. Eleven opinion polls indicate it is likely that democracy could upset the power-seeking politicians' undemocratic plans.
Europe's Problem--and Ours. Will the EU choose collectivism over individualism? Will we?
Could the Brussels bureaucracy, for example, constitutionally impose France's 35-hour work week on the other 24 nations in the European Union? Indeed it could, and with a vote of only 15 of the member states (if they represented 65% of the population of the EU). A state voting "no" would have the law imposed upon it. It seems likely that the European Union intends to centralize decision making in Brussels, while President Klaus believes in "the inherent morality of markets, in the ethics of work and saving, in the crucial link between freedom and private property. It is not possible (or desirable) to legislate a better world from above or outside."