Florian Cramer on Tue, 31 May 2005 17:01:06 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> French vote for a citizen's Europe

Am Montag, 30. Mai 2005 um 13:37:10 Uhr (-0400) schrieb Ronda Hauben:
> French citizens, however, by rejecting the current
> constitution proposal, gave notice to their government and to the EU that
> the task of building a social Europe, a Europe for the citizen, is a task
> that has to become a significant aspect of European construction.

Consider also the flip-side of this. There is a historical coincidence
of Eastern European countries joining the EU and the first time that
people in its Western core member states voice their resentment against
the EU process.  French voters gave notice to their government that they
resent [btw.  like the majority of people in the Western EU countries]
the integration of Eastern Europe and, in the future, Turkey into the
EU. The reasons include a "social Europe" without the low-wage
competition of Eastern European workers both inside and outside their
countries. The vote against the constitution would never have won
without the populists and nationalists of the extreme left and right. 


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