European Constitution update

20 Mar

Spain's change in government may be good for Europe after all:

Spain's next prime minister said on Thursday he would fight for as much power as possible for Madrid in a European Union constitution, yet was optimistic of a breakthrough over voting rights.

In response:

Poland on Thursday cleared the way for an early deal on a new European Union constitution, further raising hopes that the dispute can finally be settled.

The reason:

Leszek Miller, the prime minister, said he did not want his country to be isolated after the new Socialist government in Spain signalled it would no longer fight alongside Poland in a battle over EU voting weights.

Spain and Poland, two of our staunchest allies in Europe were essentially forced to give into the demands of the other 23 members of the enlarged EU since Spanish voters didn't like Spain's relations with the US. France and Germany, the biggest force behind the new constitution, must be very proud. It sort of vindicates them I think, because it shows that the best way to get anything done politically in Europe these days is to show how it is contrary to the US.

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