June 23, 2003

Europe's New Constitution: No Superstate, yet
(via CapitalismoSecXXI)

Srdja Trifkovic argues Euro-skeptics have little to celebrate:

"Furthermore, a legally binding Charter of Fundamental Rights, including labor and social policies, forms the entire second part of the document and presents as great a threat to national sovereignty and good life as any overt federalist declaration. It introduces references to equality and non-discrimination, specifically with reference to homosexuals, and invokes the need to combat 'social exclusion' and respect 'diversity'. The Constitution and EU law are to have 'primacy over the law of member states' formally making the EU superior to national constitutions and parliaments. Member-states can only act 'to the extent that the Union has not exercised, or has decided to cease exercising, its competence.' In case of doubt, the European Court will have the power, under Article 28, to 'ensure respect for the Constitution and Union law' and to rule on the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which is to be made legally binding."

"Even if it is subsequently subjected to a test of electoral acceptability - and nine out of ten Britons demand a referendum - it is clear that the EU constitution in its present form cannot significantly impact, let alone overhaul, the current structure of the Union’s institutions. That structure will remain inherently bureaucratic rather than democratic, reflecting the aspirations and interests of the post-national, post-Christian ruling elites rather than the people. This was amply demonstrated in the Convention’s specific support for unnatural lifestyles in the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and in its refusal to include Christianity in the Preamble as part of Europe’s 'cultural, religious and humanist inheritance.'"