– Fernando Fuster-Fabra
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On December 17, 2007, 27 member states unanimously approved the Lisbon Treaty, thereby modifying the Treaty of the European Union, the constituent Treaty of the European Union and the constituent Treaty of the European Community of Atomic Energy. With said treaty, the process initiated with the Treaties of Amsterdam & Nice was completed; said process aimed at increasing the effectiveness and democratic legitimacy of the EU, and to improve the coherence of action amongst its member states.
Today, two of these 27 member states have carried out a coup d’etat against the Union status, in an attempt to impose their will over the rest, without even respecting the EU citizens’ will; those who approved through referenda or through their elected parliaments the mentioned Lisbon Treaty.
In lieu of heading towards the solution of an economic crisis that has hit the financial and economic foundations of the EU, these leaders in favour of a coup without arms pretend to rule the terms of surrender of the weaker members to the whims of the more powerful. Regretful enough, they have chosen a procedure contrary to the very essence of the Lisbon Treaty; the very treaty that pretended to increment the democratic effectiveness and legitimacy of the Union.
It seems we remain without learning from the nightmares that French-German politicking caused in the past. From Bismark’s Triple Alliance to Wilhelm II’s Welpolitik (1882-1914) countered by Entente Cordiale (1904) and Triple Entente (1907), in 1938 they reached the Pact of Munich whereby Germany and France jointly intervened to grab a piece of Checoslovaquia to cede to the German power. It all culminated in the two deadly world wars for Europe and the rest of the world.
The whimsical acts of politicians of these two European states have already brought us tragic moments in our recent History. Shall we live once more the consequences of their clumsy ambitions?