Monday, September 14, 2009

Germany suspends ratification of Lisbon Treaty

Until the appropriate protections of its parliamentary autonomy are put into place.

Lisbon passes German court test


Germany's Constitutional Court has ruled that the EU's Lisbon Treaty is compatible with German law - but has suspended ratification of it.

The court said extra national legislation was needed to ensure that the German parliament participated fully in adopting EU laws.

The controversial treaty is aimed at streamlining EU institutions to improve their efficiency.

A number of German MPs had asked the court to decide against the treaty.

Lisbon faces another big test later this year in the Republic of Ireland, where it will be put to a second referendum. Irish voters rejected the treaty in a referendum a year ago.

The German parliament has already ratified the treaty, but President Horst Koehler has not signed it yet.

The court statement, quoted by the AFP news agency, said Germany's Lisbon ratification document "may not be adopted until the sufficient legal groundwork for parliamentary participation as foreseen in the constitution has been laid".

"If one wanted to summarise this result, one could say: the constitution says 'yes' to the Lisbon Treaty but demands that parliament's right to participation be strengthened at the national level," the court said.

Opponents of the treaty claim it is undemocratic, that it undermines Germany's parliament and hands over too much power to Brussels.

A number of German lawmakers - mostly from the left-wing Linke party - went to court to try to stop the treaty. There was also an MP from a party allied to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Parliamentary scrutiny

Most EU member states have ratified the treaty, but the Eurosceptic presidents of the Czech Republic and Poland have not yet signed it, saying they will wait for the decision of Irish voters. The second Irish referendum is expected to happen in early October.
"The heads of state... are glad they didn't have to put the question themselves to their people..."
Charlie McCreevy
EU Internal Market Commissioner

Q&A: Lisbon Treaty
Viewpoints on Lisbon Treaty

The treaty's opponents argue that it is just the defunct EU Constitution repackaged, and say it will undermine national sovereignty. The constitution was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

Officials in Germany's ruling coalition said parliament would vote on the legislation demanded by the court before Germany's general election on 27 September.

German media say the judges want it spelled out in law that parliament will have to vote on any changes to the Lisbon Treaty, or any expansion of EU competencies that impacts on German sovereignty.

Ireland's EU commissioner, Charlie McCreevy, has said the Lisbon Treaty would have been rejected in most EU countries if they had held referendums like in Ireland.
"I think all of the politicians of Europe would have known quite well that if a similar question had been put to their electorate in a referendum the answer in 95 percent of countries would have been 'No' as well," he told a meeting of accountants in Dublin on Friday.
He said EU heads of state were "glad they didn't have to put the question themselves to their people".


German Constitutional Court Lisbon Treaty ruling


Thinking....... said...

The Irish have already voted no once already and now are being asked again. They want nothing to do with it.
How the Irish Can Save Civilization (Again) Just say no to the Lisbon Treaty. Again.

Sheilanagig said...

I am certainly hoping for a NO again.

For all those Europeans whose democratic voices have been stifled by this bid for supreme EU power over nations.

If you notice the original headline on this article, you will see the slant of media for a YES vote.

Bloggers v. Goliath media.

THanks for the url and your comment - together we are stronger.

Did You Know said...

Linking yours to mine as well

Tarabot said...

What nonsense. The ruling simply shows how national parliaments can still retain power over EU proceedings, even if Lisbon is passed.

In fact, at the moment there is no provision for any country to leave the EU if they so wish. Bringing in Lisbon will bring in this provision.


Sheilanagig said...

Tarabot, I believe you have that backwards. After Lisbon, recession from the EU will not be possible as it is now.

Felix said...

Pleace vote for democracy and against the treaty of lisbon

Dear irish people!

Pleace stop the treaty of lisbon! Is is antidemocartic, militaristic, antisocial. The disadvantages are much bigger, than the advantages. The EU can live with its actuell laws. They should only be changed into a democratic direction. With the treaty of lisbon, the european council is able to change this treaty in great parts without asking the parliament. This is nearly the same law, which mades the nationl- rassistic- party of Germany so powerfull in our country in the year 1933. Our basic law (the german constitution) and all other european constitutions should not be replaced by the treaty of lisbon. But the new treaty tries to bring all right- sytstems in a lower level than the new european right. Here is my informationpage: . When you have some more english information, pleace send me a link or text or write it into the visitors book of my page. And pleace spread this text all over Ireland.

In the hope in your activities for a better Europe, Felix Staratschek, Freiligrathstr. 2, D- 42477 Radevormwald (Germany)


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