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Ear to the Ground

Ireland Votes to Streamline the European Union

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Posted on Oct 3, 2009
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The Czech Republic and Poland are the only EU countries to have not yet ratified the Lisbon Treaty.

Sixteen months after rejecting the same treaty, voters in Ireland have emphatically accepted the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty—an agreement that gives more power to the European Parliament and creates the position of the president of the European Council.

The BBC:

Irish voters have strongly endorsed the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty - 16 months after their first vote rejecting it plunged EU reforms into deadlock.

About 67% voted “Yes”, official results from the latest referendum showed. Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen hailed a “clear and resounding” endorsement.

The EU Commission called it a “vote of confidence” in the EU. Nearly all member states have ratified Lisbon.

The treaty is aimed at streamlining decision-making in the 27-nation bloc.

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By Folktruther, October 6, 2009 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

By ‘streamlining’ TD means puting the power decisions in the hands of the agents of the EU ruling class, rather than pretending they are in the hands of the population.  As Johannes has indicated, the people of the large countries of Europe are AGAINST this new measure, which is promoted by the truth organs of European imperialism.

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By mike112769, October 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

I am constantly amazed at how quickly everyone writes the United States out of the equation. We may be down, but we are far from out.

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By Big B, October 4, 2009 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

It seems that some of the people of the British Isle’s have finally figured out that they have hitched their economic pony to the wrong (US) wagon.

For decades now, the British have been riding our coat tails hoping beyond hope that the day the american empire comes crashing down, they would be right there to inherit their old mantle as world leaders. It seems that the Irish have figured out what their british benefactors refuse to realize, that the only viable competition for the Chinese in the 21st century economic wars will be a strong european alliance, not one with the arthritic and gimping USA.

The Brits will figure out, eventually, that the future of world economic domination lies not in a faded alliance with a crippled USA. For their sake, they had better do it asap.

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By johannes, October 4, 2009 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

Its not funny at all, the Dutch and the French people voted against the EU, and their governements
just ignored them, and with a trick just signed.

Now with an enormes amount of pressure and indoctrination the Eiris voted yes, afther an no vote.

Our newly Katholiek converted Tony Blair is waithing in the rangs, to become the first President of the EU.

Slowly they are eating our freedom, with the excuse of terrorists, well its bether to be free and poor, as rich in slavery.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 4, 2009 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

Amazing how the obvious passes TD dogmatics by:
16 months ago the “Irish Miracle” was still going strong.  But following the world-wide economic collapse that accelerated rapidly a year ago, the “miracle” ran out of gas and Ireland began to slide back with unemployment rising.

Ain’t it funny how in a rational nation, going from prosperity and “we can do it on our own” to recession leads to “Let’s join with the others to work together”?

Only in the USA do dimwitted red-necks vote with the Re-Thugs to cut their own economic throats shouting, like Chicken Little “The sky is falling, the Socialists are taking over!”  They here that, their racist strings are strummed, and they vote in clucks like Chambliss, Imhofe, Kyl, Bachman and Wilson.

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By constant gina, October 4, 2009 at 6:07 am Link to this comment
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The EU requires a birth certificate

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By johannes, October 4, 2009 at 3:46 am Link to this comment

And now implant every body the Europeên chip, and the new Brasil is there.

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By johannes, October 4, 2009 at 1:06 am Link to this comment

People geth wat they are worth, one referendem afther the other, just till its O.K. for the politic
maffia, say goodbey to your personal freedom.

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By archeon of thrace, October 3, 2009 at 11:57 pm Link to this comment

LOL….yes Europe is becoming more like America
everyday….

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By Lisa, October 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment
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I am very surprised the way Ireland voted, but they are desperate because of the economy.

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By PatrickHenry, October 3, 2009 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

The new diebold machines make all the difference.

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