After Maastricht now Lisbon, the future of the EU is at stake
By, Uwe Paschen.
The E.U. and its future.
I have always been a strong supporter of the EU and even of a European Central Government, however lately I started having my doubt about the whole matter and mainly after doing some rather extensive reading and studding in particular the Treaty of Lisbon.
The German Constitutional Court has been and still is important for the future of European integration.
Its decisions brought about the adoption of fundamental rights as a necessary ingredient in European integration (resulting in the Charter of Fundamental Rights).
The Bundesverfassungsgericht now eyes the political rights of German and EU citizens in relation to the (proposed) powers of the European Union.
The German Constitution may be too narrow to allow the Lisbon Treaty or further steps without change, but for those who think that more EU powers are needed in crucial questions the other side of the coin is that extended powers require corresponding democratic legitimacy at European level.
The main problem here is the discrepancy of power due in part to WWII guild feelings by the German Government, compromising the rights of its own citizen and their say with in the EU.
For instance Germany contributes the largest portion of the EU budged and yet has the least to say with in the EU, and this even though it has the Highest Population of any EU country and the highest GNP as well as GPP.
To a point that the EU could not exist with out Germany as a member, however it could exist and function much more effectively with out Great Britain, France, or even Poland as members.
Why the German Constitutional court believes this treaty to be unconstitutional with in the German constitution and that it would discriminate against German Citizen making then pay the tab, however have little say with in the EU.
The German Government does not want to let the people vote for the European Lisbon treaty by referendum, wish is again in conflict with the German Constitution and may render the whole treaty to be annulled as we had to do with the Maastricht treaty earlier and what broth into life the present Lisbon Treaty.
Even though German is being the languish spoken by most European as a Native languish as well as being the one spoken most as a second languish in Europe followed by Russian, it does get the least consideration with in the EU and this is now being challenged by countries like Austria and Switzerland. However the German Government remains silent and this the Constitutional courts believe is another issue where the Government acts against the interest of the people and does not fulfill it function to wish it is bound.
Even though some argue that the treaty does support representative democracy, wish it should. It does not do so in manners of rights and duties, since the bill will still be paid by Germany for the largest part and it would still get the least back from it, all-by having the least to say with in the EU's Founding members, even though it has the highest population and highest GNP as well as GPP.
This is why the constitutional court in Karlsruhr wants to deal with the Lisbon treaty and determine whether it can even hold up against the German Constitution, wish does not seem to be the case so far.
As far as I can see today and from what I understood after reading the Lisbon treaty, it is far from being fair to all members and gives the UK, France and Poland way to much powers and discriminates against others, such as Germany, Austria and the Eastern Countries of the EU.
I would have to say we need to vote against the Lisbon treaty and force our politician to go back to the drawing table and come up with a good and fair treaty for all of Europe, that is dynamic and takes into account changes that will no doubt come over the next century.
We need a constitution that is better then any constitution that has ever been ratified in Europe and not a cheep compromise to keep the UK and others happy.
I say, even though I support the EU fully and want it to succeed and prevail as well as grow.
Dismantle it if needed and start over with the Funding nation Build a proper constitution first that all European can be proud of and that the World Nations would want to copy for them self. Do not make false compromises here nor play with the rights of our citizen.
This is the EU we are talking about and it future, we need to get it right for the sake of all generations to come. We need to strive for the highest standards and not some bad compromise.
Voting against Lisbon may be the wiser choice in the long run.
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