What is Europe?

Online Opinion covers a perspective on the Lisbon treaty and how it aims to consolidate EU foreign policy, and the massive EU embassies scheme:

The EU is expected to open its own embassies under an ambitious plan for a European External Action Service (EEAS) in which over 160 EU offices around the world would become embassies. Who should control this vast diplomatic network is a capital issue under active consideration.

In accordance with unofficial data, the EEAS will number between 2,500 to 3,000 persons at its inauguration in January 2009 and is supposed to give greater force and coherence to EU external policy and by way of consequence to its diplomacy. The final shape and form of the EEAS may be established during the French Presidency in late 2008.

Federalunion.org.uk has an even more pro-treaty stance:

How the Treaty of Lisbon will make the EU more democratic (20/12/07)

The Treaty of Lisbon (formerly known as the Reform Treaty) was signed on 13 December 2007 and it marks the next stage in the development of the European Union. Each successive step since the Treaty of Rome has extended the powers of the European Union and improved the Union’s democratic functioning, and the Lisbon treaty is no exception. More

What’s in the new Treaty? – a short background briefing

An opportunity for democracy – submission by Federal Union to the House of Lords European Union Committee inquiry into the impact of the Reform Treaty on the institutions of the EU

The Treaty of Lisbon: an impact assessment – report by the House of Lords European Union Committee

The European Union after the European Reform Treaty – Brendan Donnelly

Should there be a referendum on the next European treaty? – a background briefing from Federal Union

A treaty for foreign policy (on EUobserver.com)

What do the referendum campaigners really want? (on EUobserver.com)

Personally, I hope the EU experiment turns into something more than just the “United States of Europe” (although there could be worse outcomes). The EU process opens up a whole new model for WORLD government, with nations sitting together in a WORLD democratic process with binding legal outcomes. It would be democratic and accountable, unlike the current Diplomatic and secretive deals of the UN.

A world Federal government? Would that finally achieve the Miss Universe quest for “World Peace”? Stranger things have happened.

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1 Response to What is Europe?

  1. euandus says:

    Although I understand there were pluses and minuses discussed in the ratification debate, I want to congratulate my European friends and say, chins up! It is difficult indeed to get unanimity among so many governments. I think it shows strength in Europe. If I haven’t disgusted you sufficiently already, I recommend the following post, http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/the-eu-as-a-partner-for-the-us/

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