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So what happens when you have mutually exclusive provisions in your constitution?
by generic on Tue Feb 14th, 2012 at 11:43:26 AM EST
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Then you have a constitutional crisis.

There are various ways to resolve those. Ranging from amicably amending out the stupid provisions, through the courts ruling that one of the provisions trumps the other, all the way to tanks in the streets.

Predicting ahead of time where on the spectrum your constitutional crisis falls can be a little tricky. The French politicians who signed off on the Grief and Stupidity Pact in Maastrict thought we'd get the "quietly drop the stupid provisions" version. But it looks increasingly like we're getting the "tanks in the streets" version.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Feb 14th, 2012 at 02:12:48 PM EST
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Nothing. Things like article 41 which instructs the "public powers" to pursue a policy conducive to full employment is routinely ignored, especially post-Maastricht.

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 14th, 2012 at 04:48:36 PM EST
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