Day One of New EU Patent War
Posted Jul 20, 2006 12:37 UTC (Thu) by nim-nim
In reply to: Day One of New EU Patent War
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A big reason for the "No" vote in France (and in fact the main reason I personnaly voted "No") is it was not a constitution at all.
Aside from some timid advancements in democracy it tried to sanctuarise every single previous european treaty (even economic not political ones) in a gray "voted by European Nations with the constitution" zone the European Parliament would never have been able to change.
You may agree or not with the direction current european economy takes, but it should be freaking obvious putting economic rules above democratic oversight is not good for democracy or the average little guy.
The main arguments of the yes proponents was "but those treaties are in force now, they'll be in force even in the 'constitution' is rejected, why are they bothering you?". Which always striked me as deeply cynical and contemptuous of voters brains.
(The counter argument being "they'll be initially in force even if they're not included in the treaty, why does it bother you so much the democratically elected European Parliament may want to revise them in the future?")
Of course that's an angle the reporters have carefully downplayed, as making the French vote a misinformed europhobic thing is so much more confortable than admitting a little despicable attempt to neuter the future Parliament where it counts backfired big time.
Unfortunately these days democracy is viewed as an hindrance in european power circles (which is inclusive of local European politicians, don't be fooled by people who pretend to be shocked by decisions they made themselves directly or indirectly in Brussels)
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