French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the European Union will not be able to expand further without ratification of the Lisbon treaty.
An EU summit in Brussels has been overshadowed by divisions over the reform treaty – which was rejected by Irish voters in a referendum last week. A decision on what to do next is expected to be postponed until October. The EU leaders, who continue talks on Friday, did agree to scrap diplomatic sanctions against Cuba imposed in 2003.
That’s a …thought, but the reason the Irish rejected the treaty wasn’t just the expansion but a seriously ill EU!
European Union foreign ministers are gathering in Luxembourg for talks on how to respond to the Irish rejection of the Lisbon reform treaty.
Voters in the Irish Republic, the only state to hold a referendum on Lisbon, rejected the treaty by 53.4% to 46.6% last Thursday. The treaty cannot be implemented unless approved by all 27 EU states. But the majority of EU members agree that those who have yet to ratify the treaty should carry on and do so.
They knew it before happen, didn’t they? So why the panic now?
Early unofficial vote tallies around Ireland are indicating a strong showing for the No vote in a referendum on the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty.
In Irish polls, tally counters in each constituency watch votes being sorted and make their own count, giving early indications of how a vote is going. Broadcaster RTE reports the No vote is ahead, but the Yes side has regained some ground as the day progresses. A No vote would scupper the EU treaty, which must be ratified by all members.
Another crisis of identity in the EU, I start …wandering!!!
Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has announced he is to resign on 6 May. Mr. Ahern, 56, has been taoiseach since June 1997 and has been a member of the Irish Parliament for 31 years.
The announcement comes a day after Mr. Ahern began a court challenge to limit the work of a public inquiry probing planning corruption in the 1990s. The tribunal is probing Mr. Ahern’s personal finances. Mr. Ahern has been leader of Fianna Fáil since 1994 and heads the coalition government.
Mr. Ahern told a news conference he would tender his resignation as both taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader on 6 May. He said: “The priority I put above all others was to work for peace on this island, and I have given all to that cause.”I know in my heart of hearts I have done no wrong and wronged no-one. “My decision is motivated by what is best for the people. It is a personal decision. “I will not allow issues related to my own person to dominate the people and the body politic.”
Another victim of rumors or his own corrupted will? I suppose is up to the courts to clear the truth now.