Day One of New EU Patent War
Posted Jul 20, 2006 7:44 UTC (Thu) by ekj
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That has been increasingle obvious for some time now.
Consider the reaction to the defeat of the "EU constitution".
Initially, it was thougth it'd be easy, given that the *government* of all member-states supported the constitution.
But a few countries (for various reasons) had a referendum, allowing inhabitants to vote on the issue. Suprise; the actual people voted NO in Netherland and France, and *would* have in even more countries, only they stopped the referendums from even being held, to avoid embarassment since the constitution was defeated anyway. (it requires support from all member-states)
The embarassing truth is that, a little simplified, there's two sorts of states: Those where the people where not asked, and where the politicians voted YES on behalf of the people. And those where the people *where* asked, and the answer was a NO. (ok, so Spain actually had a "yes" referendum, it was never really controversial there)
Makes me glad that I voted "NO" in our last referendum (1994) when asked if Norway should join the EU. Seems to me it has pretty fundamental problems with its internal democracy.
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