Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Sweden To Go Ahead with Ratification of EU Constitution

An update on this story:

Sweden To Go Ahead with Ratification of EU Constitution

Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson says Britain’s decision to suspend plans for a referendum on the new EU constitution can be of great importance for other countries, but it probably won’t affect his decision to have parliament ratify the charter later this year. While a majority of MPs support the new agreement, polls show it would lose if a referendum were held here, and 58 percent of Swedes want to have a referendum. On Saturday the Left Party, which the minority government needs to put legislation through, threatened to withdraw its support if Persson continues with his plans for parliamentary ratification.

If the EU constitution is so incomprehensible, maybe there's something wrong with it? What about cutting out, say, 450 pages?

Danish Professor: Nation is too ignorant to vote on EU

Denmark's planned national referendum on the European Union's constitutional treaty is 'pure insanity', since the nation does not understand the first thing about it, professor in political science Jørn Henrik Petersen at the Southern Danish University said on Tuesday. 'If you give the text to people, maybe one or two out of 100 are capable of understanding it,' he told daily newspaper Nordjyske Stiftstidende. 'We are as stupid as we can afford to be. That is the core in representative democracy, where we elect politicians to make decisions on our behalf.' Morten Messerschmidt, MP and EU spokesman for the EU-sceptic Danish People's Party, said he did not agree. 'The parliament does not represent the people in questions relating to the EU, and that's why national referenda are necessary,' he said. 'I don't think people are too stupid to have their own opinion.'


At June 08, 2005 8:17 PM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

I see the intelligentsia is alive and well in Denmark.


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