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If we were not that influential today, then we would not be the legislator of 75% of all laws in Europe and with the Lisbon Treaty in nearly 100% of all cases...
one of the leaders of the underground Maoist MRPP (Reorganising Movement of the Proletariat Party, later PCTP/MRPP-Communist Party of the Portuguese Workers/Revolutionary Movement of the Portuguese Proletariat).
I am afraid that the people of Britain should have been doing something really much earlier and not just now, too late, saying something and waiting for my decision.
The last hurdles for the Lisbon treaty — and to Tony Blair’s chance of becoming Europe’s first president — seemed to fall away yesterday when the Poles pledged to sign and the Czech President warned David Cameron that it was “too late” for him to stop the document taking effect.
Vaclav Klaus signalled that he would pass the treaty once it had been reassessed by the Czech Constitutional Court, a process which could take some weeks but is unlikely to last until May or June, when Mr Cameron hopes to take power and then hold a referendum.
With the Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, also saying yesterday that he would ratify following the emphatic approval of the treaty by Ireland in its re-run referendum, it could come into force as soon as January 1.
EU leaders hope to decide upon both their new president and foreign minister, the position of High Representative also created by the treaty, at their summit in Brussels at the end of this month.
The Czech Constitutional Court will announce in two weeks’ time a timetable for its latest inquiry, demanded by senators close to President Klaus and widely seen as a delaying tactic.
Besides the two new jobs, the treaty creates an External Action Service for the EU — effectively a Foreign Office, with embassies around the world.
A range of names besides Mr Blair has been suggested, including several current Prime Ministers: Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands, François Fillon of France and Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg. Other former leaders under discussion include Felipe González of Spain, Wolfgang Schüssel of Austria, Mary Robinson of Ireland and Paavo Lipponen of Finland.
Fresh from his first real success since becoming Irish leader in May last year, the Taioseach, Brian Cowen, yesterday signalled that Mr Blair could expect Irish backing.
Originally posted by AlwaysQuestion
Thanks for that. I went and looked at the video direct on youtube ( www.youtube.com... ).
What did my Grandad (American on B-17 bomber) fight for???