Strengthened by Ireland’s ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union, it is argued, may now be on the verge of becoming a global superpower. The way to achieve this ambition, notes Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times, is in using the new platform that the G20 offers.
At last! Ireland has passed the
Lisbon treaty and now the European Union can move forward with its plan for world domination. Read full article in Financial Times...
European Union to open embassies worldwide
“Confidential negotiations on how to implement the Lisbon Treaty have produced proposals to allow the EU to negotiate treaties and even open embassies across the world.” So reports Bruno Waterfield, the
Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, concerning a leaked letter circulated by the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg that “spells out the need for legal changes to set up a European External Service (EEAS), an EU diplomatic and foreign service with ‘global geographical scope’”. The decision, taken before Ireland's referendum last week, would lead to European diplomatic service with over 160 "EU representations" and ambassadors across the world. The first pilot embassies, the London daily reports, are mooted for New York, Kabul and Addis Ababa. This spells the end for the European Community, the Telegraph pursues, “the organisation that Britons originally voted to join in the country's only referendum on Europe 34 years ago.” Mark Francois, the Conservative party’s spokesman on Europe, has said, "As we have long warned, the Lisbon Treaty increases the EU's power at the expense of the countries of Europe," he said.