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So, what if the no wins?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2008 at 10:27:06 AM EST
Does anyone know? Try again?  There's going to be a temptation to try and get around the few tens of thousands of people involved somehow. Possibly by writing a big cheque or something.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2008 at 10:29:42 AM EST
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There is no plan B, and the EU project will probably be in a state of semi-paralysis for some time - until the next major global crises, where the woefully inadequate response of the EU will probably force a re-think.  Big projects like the EU need big crises like WWII and the Cold War to move them forward.  Let's hope it doesn't take another war...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 5th, 2008 at 03:30:42 PM EST
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Other than the expansion to 27 which was done in total haste and was supposed to have happened after the new treaty in any case, "the EU project" has been in semi-paralysis for the better part of 20 years. The Commission has done a good job of putting out new directives and keeping the States to their commitments, and the Parliament has asserted its authority and done a good job of codecision, but the Council, where the political impetus for "the EU project" has to come from, has been stocked with petty-minded nationalists who can't even bring themselves to campaign for their own treaty.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2008 at 05:14:03 PM EST
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so you are saying that a rejection of Lisbon just means "business as usual" for the EU?  I don't think that is an option given the changes in the world order over the past 30 years....

"It's a mystery to me - the game commences, For the usual fee - plus expenses, Confidential information - it's in my diary..."
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 5th, 2008 at 05:51:22 PM EST
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Yes, "business as usual" has pretty much sucked for at least a decade and I agree this is not really an option except that these are the national politicians we keep electing.

The world is likely to see an upheaval in the 2010's and the EU won't know what hit it because of these dunces.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2008 at 06:02:19 PM EST
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