Laurent Dauré & Dominique GuilleminOnline Journal Thursday, June 5, 2008
“Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.” --Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-1794)
On February 4, the French Parliament voted in the bill modifying title XV of the French Constitution in Versailles, and three days later, on February 7, the Treaty of Lisbon was formally ratified.
The Lisbon Treaty, which provides for the reform of the EU’s institutions, was drawn up to replace the draft European constitution, which was first rejected on May 29, 2005, by 55 percent of French voters and then on June 1, 2005, by 61 percent of Dutch voters.
How did we go from the voters’ refusals to the adoption of the text by Parliament in 2008 Read full article: Lisbon treaty: EU democratic process in question Related news items EU strong-arms Ireland over constitution vote, and 'delays unhelpful announcements' EU leaders tread carefully ahead of Irish treaty vote Analysis: Ignorance is bliss, unless you are an EU leader Voters in Ireland baffled by treaty no one has read
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