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Friday, May 26, 2006

Don't Mention Strasbourg

Strasbourg has apparently become the subject that cannot be mentioned.

The Austrian chancellor has warned the European Parliament's chief not to create a fuss over the two seats of the bloc's legislature at the EU leaders summit next month.
The problem is Mr Chirac you see.
But the Austrian presidency has moved to prevent a clash on the matter with French president Jacques Chirac.
Can someone please explain to me why one of the core jobs of the EU seems to be not upsetting Chirac?

Also note the hypocrisy in the following statement:

"It is a pure demagogy to say we're going to leave Strasbourg," French vice-president of the parliament, Green MEP Gerard Onesta told the EUobserver.
Even a raving capitalist such as myself would question the necessity of adding thousands of tonnes per month of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in such a carefree way. But for a Green Politician who lectures us on our lifestyle choices as a career, this wanton waste is not a problem.

We can't discuss Strasbourg, because it would need agreement of all 25 nations to change it. However, top discussion topic will be.....

The Constitution, which if memory serves correctly, needs the agreement of all 25 nations.

9 comments:

AntiCitizenOne said...

The Constitution, ... needs the agreement of the majority of serfs in all 25 nations.

Of course they are working to get around the little people.

mark adams said...

We can't discuss Strasbourg, because it would need agreement of all 25 nations to change it.

You don't need to get rid of Starsbourg to end the double seat. You can get rid of Brussels with a simple majority vote.

This would have the added benefit that the EU would no longer have a capital (other institutions would remain in Brussels). That'd get the federalists off their arses.

FranceSucks said...

The Constitution, which if memory serves correctly, needs the agreement of all 25 nations.You wish. The worst part, stripping countries of their own border control, seems likely to go ahead anyway. The Socialists need voters you know. Free money is a great way to buy votes.

Ellee Seymour said...

Do other Member States object to this as much as us in the UK?

The French are allowed to abstain, they have an interest to declare.

Serf said...

Do other Member States object to this as much as us in the UK?

They are beginning to, especially the poorer new members who would like some of the wasted cash.

nsfl said...

Want to wind up Chirac? Remind him of this whenever possible.

Chris Palmer said...

I think it's about time I added a link to your blog on my blog.

Gavin Whenman said...

What the hell is the justification for a two seat Parliament?
What moron came up with this idea in the first place?

Anonymous said...

Actually, the EU parliament could, if it wished, just stop visiting Strasbourg. In fact, this might, potentially, happen.

There's a great article on the whole mess here:
http://euobserver.com/?aid=21691