We, the Peoples of Europe by Susan George

By Susan George

Is the ecu structure useless within the water? even though it can have disappeared from the headlines, right-wing ecu leaders haven't given up on pushing via a binding european textual content offering overall freedom for items, companies and capital yet few benefits for Europeans. A extra neo-liberal anti-democratic record than the only rejected via the French and the Dutch could be difficult to visualize, however the new reform treaty attempts demanding. What have they got in shop for us? What may still eu humans be combating for? prime author and alter-globalisation activist Susan George explains what's at stake for all peoples of Europe. What needs to we reject and the way will this kind of rfile have an effect on our lives? Who will it particularly empower--corporations or traditional Europeans? what sort of destiny will we are looking to construct jointly as Europeans? Written with readability and authority, We the Peoples of Europe may also help you're making up your personal brain.

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Britain has always been a special case in Europe and it is no secret that the French often feel Charles de Gaulle got it right in trying to prevent Britain from joining the EU at all. I have heard murmurs, to which I have upon occasion added my own voice, that “opt-out” clauses should rightly be accompanied by “kick-out” clauses. Many Brits do not want to belong to Europe at all; whereas most of those who do seem to see Europe as a common market, period. My own views could hardly be further from these Tory-TabloidTony Blair opinions and this will become clearer in the following chapters.

Aside from Paris where I live, I know instinctively when I’m in Europe. However different such cities may seem, I know I’m there in Madrid, Berlin, Ghent/Gand, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Stockholm, London or Lisbon; in Prague, Florence, Vienna or Dublin; in St Petersburg, Helsinki or Athens; even in Moscow or in Cluj (Romania). I feel less there in some neighbourhoods of Istanbul, but its university definitely feels European. I would undoubtedly feel just as much at home in many other European places I hope to visit one day.

But not much for the people. But I perceive a demand from the people, so we should have gone to meet them, halfway or at least a third of the way, but we didn’t…. 4 True enough, but then what? If the 105-member Convention and its President paid so little attention to the people, it was doubtless because they had no place in the Constitution nor indeed in the Europe the text was intended to govern. e. very little. 36 George 01 intro 36 We the Peoples of Europe 17/1/08 14:54:33 The Founding Fathers of the United States, despite being mostly propertied and aristocratic gentlemen, began their preamble with the words: “We, the people… ”* The first article of their Constitution declares that “all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives”, chosen by the people.

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