Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, wrote a piece in the IHT the other day. He gives two reasons why we should accept the Constitution.
First, the constitution offers a massive improvement in our ability to tackle old and new security threats. Think of the solidarity clause which will cover both terrorist and natural or man-made disasters. Then add enhanced cooperation on civil protection and structured cooperation on defense.
Second, in terms of effectiveness, the constitution inaugurates a new way of taking decisions. The EU will have a foreign minister to serve as central interlocutor for our partners.
And who wants to be that Foreign Minister, Mr Solana? That unelected Foreign affairs representative? I wonder.
He went on:
Let us be clear. Neither Europe nor the world could afford the self-inflicted wound of a rejection of the constitution.
Seven countries have already ratified the constitution with two more countries well on track.
I fully count on the voters in France and the Netherlands to play their part in Europe’s renewal.
As one might say, stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Solana.