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It appears that this site has the interview, which is about his support for the constitution, which as lefties both you and I were against. Oh hold on. Nooo, didn't we both argue in favour of it? Silly us.

Interestingly, it contains the following passage:

"It was a beautiful song," he said. As I left the bar, I asked le patron whether he had truly fait les barricades with Cohn-Bendit in 1968.
"Yes, of course," he said. "And we still need a revolution in France. We should be more like your country, like Britain. France will never succeed until we have the right to hire and sack people whenever we like."

The veteran of the barricades had become a man of the right, then? No, he said, he was still a man of the left. And therefore stoutly for the "non".

I told him that Cohn-Bendit was for the "oui".

"What? Really? He"s changed sides then."

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 05:31:32 AM EST
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I was in favor of it and still think it was a good idea. But I'm interested in why so many others, who it seems to me should agree with me were so against it. And thinking about this leads me to a question about why the right has been able to profit from fake populism and perhaps real resentments about liberal elites. After all, La Pen's unemployed constituents can look at you and me and see privileged beneficiaries of the globalism that has destroyed their factory jobs.
by citizen k (sansracine yahoo.fr) on Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 09:31:01 AM EST
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I started out in favour of it but as the drafting progressed, and the more I learnt about the text once it was finished, and the farther along the approval process we went without a proper debate of its content, the more against the whole thing I got.

I am positively sick of the Council of Ministers and their nationalistic shenanigans behind closed doors. I want a legislative, not consultative, European Parliament and a European Commission chosen by it instead of by the Council.

I think a few years of gridlock is a small price to pay, especially if the gridlock prevents neoliberal policies from being adopted, and as long as the EU engages the European public in finding a solution. So far, they seem disinclined to do so.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 09:59:25 AM EST
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