Sarkozy, the golden boy of the French Right, thinks Europe needs a mini treaty. This would be in place of the constitution, which was rejected.
First, the mini-treaty should extend the scope of qualified majority voting in the Council and empower the European Parlia-ment to elect the commission president. It should respect the principle of subsidiarity and strengthen the role of national parliaments by adopting the EU constitution's proposed "early warning" system, enabling national legislators to challenge commission proposals. The mini-treaty should also create an EU foreign minister and increase participatory democracy, especially to empower groups of a million citizens or more to request that the commission make proposals in a specified area. Finally, if the mini-treaty were to confer a legal personality on the union this would allow it to participate in some international organisations as a single political entity.It would have been easier to tell us what part of the constitution, the mini treaty would leave out. As it is, he seems to have just about everything covered. What he is trying to do, is simply rebrand the constitution, so as to bypass the electorate. Well Sarko, screw, you, we know you're game, and we will make sure that everyone else does too.