May 30, 2005


French voters have decisively rejected the new EU constitution, dealing a blow both to the EU and to the faltering government of President Jacques Chirac (read President Chirac's brief remarks here.)

With fellow EU-founder the Netherlands likely to reject the constitution next week as well, some analysts say the project will at best be set back by a few years as the enlarged EU grapples with this political crisis.

Posted by anatole at May 30, 2005 01:24 AM

So all they had to do was get 25 European countries to agree on something? Gee, what could *possibly* go wrong?!?

Posted by: Alasdair at May 30, 2005 10:38 AM

Before the (latest) Iraq war, President Chirac said about the new central European memebers: "They missed a good opportunity to keep quiet." Do we dare ask what the 9 countries that have already ratified the constitution (not by referendum) have to say about the French? : )

Seriously though, I'd rather look at it the other way; if the French and (probably) the Dutch people are dis-illusioned enough with the constitution as founding members of the EU, shouldn't they all have put it to a vote?

Good day for Tony Blair though.

Posted by: Mike at May 30, 2005 01:48 PM

Regarding the Mr. Cranky quote from the Sith review (see "Quotable" sidebar): I think I like this one, also from the review, even better:

"Ultimately, he chooses the dark side because it has a better health care plan."

Posted by: madhava at June 3, 2005 03:04 PM