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German court handed new complaint on EU treaty - EUobserver

Germany's constitutional court has been handed a second complaint over the EU's Lisbon Treaty with the potential to delay the country's final ratification of the document for several months.

The new legal action, running to over 200 pages, is concerned with economic as well as political issues, which the complainants say are not addressed by the Lisbon Treaty.

The Lisbon Treaty was signed by EU leaders in late 2007

They argue that a prognosis on European integration given by the country's constitutional court in a 1993 judgement on the Maastricht Treaty - which paved the way to the euro - has turned out to be false.

Instead, EU integration has been characterised by "continuous breaches of the stability pact, a presumptuous over-stepping of power by the European Commission, unaccountable leadership and dissolution of the separation of powers," say the authors in a statement on Monday(26 January), according to German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

They say that the constitutional court cannot approve the Lisbon treaty because it "strengthens the current practice of dismembering the division of powers and mixing of competences."

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 04:25:00 PM EST
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The new legal action, running to over 200 pages, is concerned with economic as well as political issues, which the complainants say are not addressed by the Lisbon Treaty.

For example? Well, it says in the article...uhm...well, it doesn't say...it just repeats the innuendo.

By the end of the article, one feels like it is a fait accompli rather than something the courts could rebuff with a parenthetical statement during the hearing on the 11th.

Not that I like bashing the press, but I get the taste of an interesting topic on EuroTrib, yet too often go to the website to find that I am no better off than after reading the excerpt on ET.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Jan 28th, 2009 at 03:01:42 AM EST
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It even feels to me like the journalist (Honor Mahony, one would suppose from the name, is a native English-speaker) has just copied in communication from the parties bringing the action. There's a clumsy feel to the English, and the use of prognosis (generally a medical term concerning the course of a disease, and thus heavily loaded in this context) instead of forecast, and of the verb proof (what the court is supposed to do instead of just examining their case; I don't know if it's legal jargon, but I can't find a trace of this use in any dictionary) stand out to me.

Anyway, it's EUObserver quietly passing on a rather Euroskeptic view, as often.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jan 28th, 2009 at 04:13:52 AM EST
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