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Thank You, Ireland!
[2008-06-14]

This is not a black friday for Europe, it's a black friday for a model of politics which is deeply undemocratic.


To this hour (17:07h) the No vote is ahead in a vast majority of constituencies. The minister of Justice and the minister for European affairs already talk about defeat. Following the press, the No was especially strong in the countryside and in working class areas.

The people of Ireland have by that given expression to what the peoples in most other member states would have whished to expressed, would they have allowed to vote on the Treaty. They all, through the Irish people, got a voice which the EU wanted to deny them.

The lack of democracy was visibly one of the main reasons for the Irish No. After the French and the Dutch No to the Consitutional Treaty the EU would have had the opportunity for a true dialogue with the peoples, listening to their proposals. But this was'nt what was looked for. On the contrary: The Treaty of Lisbone keeps staying well below the constitutional rights of many member states which it whips away without even asking the majority legally needed for constitutional changes. 90% of the legal norms of each country would have been subordinated to communitarian law, which is by far less democratic but ranked higher. What this means in practice, we could experience as the European Court of Justice stated on the applicability of national wage settlements.

Ireland didn't say NO to the EU, it said NO to an undemocratic, liberal and militarized Europe.

The European Marches against unemployment, precarity and exclusion ask since longer time that we should counterpose to the existing EU model another model: that of a democratic Europe, based on the right of self-determination of the peoples of its member states, a Europe which is open to the peoples of the South, based on peace and social rights.

The Irish NO makes it all open again: It is therefore high time to engage throughout all the EU a debate on the Europe we want. The documents, which define the principles of the cooperation between the peoples in Europe must be submitted to popular vote
in all member states!
In this debate the European Marches will introduce the Charta of the principales for another Europe which they wrote together with other organizations and networks in the framework of the European Social Forum.


for the secretariat of the marches


Angela Klein


13.6.2008

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