“The road has been a marathon of hurdles but the last hurdle is now removed,” he says, neglecting of course to say that the main “hurdle” has been the democratic process, which he and his ilk have trampled underfoot.”
Richard at EU Referendum writes:
Klaus has signed the treaty. This is just short of eight years since the Laeken Declaration on 15 December 2001, when the European Council adopted a “Declaration on the Future of Europe“, which kick-started the whole charade.
As one of our commentators now puts it, the Czech Republic as a sovereign state ceased to exist on November 3rd 2009, 15:00 CET. And so all the member states of the European Union. For the former satellites of the Soviet empire now in the EU, though, this is particularly poignant. Now that they have been subsumed into a new empire, their independence did not even last 20 years.
Now the battle starts, as much with our own side and the enemy within. One notes that The Tory Boy blog has taken to deleting comments. I’m opening up a new comment thread of our own, which I’ll keep running, under the heading “Lisbon Treaty”. Unlike the freedom-loving Tories, we will not delete posts of which we no not approve.
Talking of “enemies within”, it is interesting to see that Reuters is still perpetrating the deceit that this is a “reform” treaty. That is another of those easy lies for which the “colleagues” are notorious, but it is a shame that the news agencies fall in with it.
Barroso, as always, is crowing. “The road has been a marathon of hurdles but the last hurdle is now removed,” he says, neglecting of course to say that the main “hurdle” has been the democratic process, which he and his ilk have trampled underfoot.
EU leaders, we are told, can now push ahead full steam with deciding whom to appoint to two jobs outlined in the treaty — the new post of president of the Council of EU leaders and a foreign policy chief with enhanced powers. There is talk of an ad hoc European Council next week, to fill these new posts. Then we will have faces to the enemy.
Find rest of article here: http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2009/11/its-over.html
And so, from the BBC News:
Italy school crucifixes ‘barred’
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against the use of crucifixes in classrooms in Italy.
It said the practice violated the right of parents to educate their children as they saw fit, and ran counter to the child’s right to freedom of religion.
The case was brought by an Italian mother, Soile Lautsi, who wants to give her children a secular education.
But the ruling has sparked anger in the largely Catholic country, with one politician calling the move “shameful”.
The Strasbourg court found that: “The compulsory display of a symbol of a given confession in premises used by the public authorities… restricted the right of parents to educate their children in conformity with their convictions.”
It also restricted the “right of children to believe or not to believe”, the seven judges ruling on the case said in a statement quoted by AFP news agency.
Find rest of article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8340411.stm
Note: We are highlighting the above article on Catholic crucifixes being banned to highlight the severity of the world’s situation – We do not agree that Roman Catholicism is Christian in any way.