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