Friday, November 26, 2004

They’re getting worried

According to the Financial Times, former finance minister, Dominique Strauss-Kahn - leading Europhile and one of the French Socialist Party's most senior figures - is warning of the possible "breakdown of Europe" if his party's members reject the EU constitution in an internal vote next week.

This follows hot on the heels of the l’escroc Chirac’s warning last week that the Socialists were on the brink of voting "no", putting the whole project at risk.

Now Strauss-Kahn is taking up the baton, saying: "I believe there would be unspeakable consequences: a break with the history of the Socialist Party; a split from other European socialist parties; and then, above all, a breakdown of Europe."

Revealing what is clearly worrying the Euro-élites, he adds, "We should then have to wait a very long time before arriving at a new consensus allowing us to end up with a new treaty. We would fall very much behind, just at the moment when the voice of Europe should be asserting itself on the international stage."

Readers will recall that the "no" campaign in the Socialist Party is being spearheaded by Laurent Fabius, the former prime minister, who has argued that Europe is becoming too economically liberal.

Strauss-Kahn, predictably, rejects this argument, saying the constitution also sets objectives for full employment, anti-discrimination, and social welfare. But then, so did the Lisbon agenda, and that really made all the difference, didn't it?

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