PR: AD SAYS: NO IN FRANCE AND HOLLAND DOES NOT MEAN NO TO EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION 03/06/05
- Alternattiva Demokratika
The Green Party
MEDIA RELEASE 03/06/05
ALTERNATTIVA DEMOKRATIKA SAYS: NO IN FRANCE AND HOLLAND DOES NOT MEAN NO TO EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION
Following the No results in the referenda for the Constitution in France and the Netherlands, Alternattiva Demokratika believes that the No expressed by the French and Dutch electorate is to be respected since it reflects the democratic will of the people in these two countries.
Arnold Cassola, Alternattiva Demokratika Spokesperson on EU Affairs and Secretary General of the European Green Party, said: It is however evident that this No is not a real no against the Constitution but a clear vote of protest against the internal policies of the National governments of France and the Netherlands. The citizens of these countries are protesting against the neo-liberal policies of their governments, which are leading to increased unemployment, lack of security, of spending power and instability in general. Opinion polls in Holland before the referendum, for example, have shown that 80 % of Dutch people do not have any confidence in their present government. The situation in France is much similar.
Prof Cassola continued: The results in France and the Netherlands show that the European Union Institution is still very far away from the ordinary citizen in the twenty five countries. By having demonized Brussels for so many years for their petty party interests, European politicians have had a great responsibility in alienating the citizens from the true ideals of a strong and united Europe. The politicians and the institutions have failed to explain the real importance of the Constitution for a stronger Europe in a globalized world, where individual nations even big ones like Germany and France- can no longer keep up the pace on their own with the US and the emerging colossuses, China and India.
It is our duty, as Green politicians, to bring European issues closer to the citizens and to work to ensure that the debate on European issues is not held hostage to the deficiencies of national politics. Maybe it is time to rethink of the Green proposal to have a European wide referendum on the Constitution in all the twenty five countries of the Union, concluded Prof. Cassola.
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