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Europe’s Statist Nightmare — Beginning of the End?

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Voters in France have rejected the EU constitution, with the Dutch expected to follow suit today. The arrogance and centralizing tendencies of the European political class may finally have hit a roadblock. “The clearest lesson of the failed referendum is that Europe’s governing elite has suffered a tremendous defeat, a symptom of its growing democratic deficit,” writes Kishore Jayabalan, director of Acton’s Rome office.

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Jonathan Spalink


  • Kishore Jayabalan: The clearest lesson of the failed referendum is that Europe’s governing elite has suffered a tremendous defeat, a symptom of its growing “democratic deficit.” The political class in European countries like France and Italy is nothing short…

  • Melanie K. Wooten

    Considering OUR Republican politicians are globalists who are operating on automatic pilot concerning illegal immigration — not including that as a poll category under issues of greatest concern so that it never shows in polls — you are surprised at the current European situation? We are not dealing with reality here, folks.

  • R. Balmès

    I’m afraid you are mis-reading the French vote.

    French people voted NO because, right or wrong, they perceived that EU is always going in favor of more economical liberalism, threatening the benefits of the wellfare states.

    So it is exactly to save "wellfare state" from EU bureacrats that they voted NO, at least the left voters who where the ones missing this time around.

    I’m still wondering how it is possible to make such a mis-read.

    -Raymond franco/american-

  • Lennart

    The article nicely summarizes some of the reasons why people ought to reject this sad excuse for a constitution.

    The proposal does none of the things a constitution should do – most importantly it does not properly limit the role of government

  • Richard A. Sandell

    Whatever the reason may be that the French (pro-welfare leftists & tehological illiterates) voted no, it had nothing to do with "freedom" as we know it in America. The French never understood that concept and always made good collaborationists, wards of the nanny state and easy to surrender when overwhelmed, principles be damned! Giving up their lives for a noble cause? Hah, that’ll be the day. As to the Dutch, I might credit them with some backbone, even if in the past three decades they have turned their backs to a glorious history and tradition of courage in dealing with adversity. Their motivation has everything to do with their newly discovered (and well justified) fear of Islam and what it has done to their country. Neither France, nor Holland, have been particularly spiritual people. Their rejection of the EU constitution is primarily for pocketbook reasons that have little or nothing to do with national pride or sense of statehood.