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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

European Union destined to collapse

I was poking around the European Union's website today, looking for a copy of the doomed EU Constitution, when I ran across the following letter from the Europowers that Be to the Europlebians. It struck me as just plain creepy:
Dear new citizens of the European Union, The accession of your countries to the European Union on 1 May 2004 is a major step in the construction of a united Europe. From now on we will work together on an ambitious project - that of living within the same Community.

That introduction reminds me of the scene in Casablanca where the Germans are telling the French how to behave when they come marching in.

From the letter:

The common rules of the Internal Market, adopted by the Member States meeting at the Council of Ministers of the European Union and by the European Parliament, include among their goals the harmonisation of national legislation.

This comes from the continent that brought you two world wars in half a century.
Belonging to the European Union gives you the rights laid down in the Treaties.
Silly me. I thought we were endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. It turns out they really come from a gaggle of pentalingual bureaucrats in Brussels. Back to the letter:
However, the Treaties of Accession lay down a temporary restriction. This consists in transitional provisions regarding workers (other than those from Malta or Cyprus) who wish to become gainfully employed in another Member State or to provide certain cross-border services in Germany or Austria.
How inspiring! Is it any wonder that John, Jean, Juan, Johann and Giovanni Q. Public aren't too enthusiastic?
Some 12 pct of the Netherlands' 11.6 mln voters had turned out by 11.00 am (0900 GMT) to cast their ballots in the hotly-contested referendum on the EU constitution, ANP news agency reported.
Three days after a resounding French 'no' to the constitution, the Dutch are going to the polls for the country's first referendum in over 200 years. Opinion polls here have predicted a big win for the 'no' camp.
Bye-bye, EU "superpower."

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