Monday, June 16, 2008

Reference: Ireland votes "no" to Lisbon Treaty, June 15, 2008

The failure of the EU to form a federation along the lines of the USA first with the failed draft constitution and then with the failed Lisbon Treaty shows that the all or nothing plan will not work. They might wish to follow the way that the USA has grown by first forming a federation of the willing and then allowing other EU members to join if and when they wish to do so. The EU already exists at least at two levels - the economic union alone and the common currency club. It should be pretty simple to extend the idea to three levels. Britain, for example, has rejected the Euro but apparently wishes to join the federation and Ireland has rejected federation but has adopted the Euro.

Cha-am Jamal

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