Opposition to Lisbon Treaty surfaces in Germany
Treaty of Lisbon: Treaty for Dictatorship
I would like to discuss a great danger, which has been hardly been taken up by the press at all: the new European Treaty, or the Treaty of Lisbon. This is something that, in a certain way, was already rejected in May 2005, when the [European] Constitution was voted down in referendums in France and the Netherlands, with a completely clear "No," because they already clearly understood the effects of the euro on living standards, unemployment, and the rate of price increases.
But what is now occurring—and I must really ask you to take this seriously, because this represents an unbelievable danger—is that on Dec. 13,  at the EU Summit in Lisbon, this same treaty, in the form of a Constitutional Treaty, thus no longer as a constitution, but rather only as a treaty, was decided upon in a disguised form by the European governments. And indeed, this text has up to now not been printed in German—what an absurdity!—and it is completely unreadable and completely unclear. It exists, as stated, up to now only in the form of the old Constitution, which has been rejected, as well as in the Amending Law, where for example it reads: "In Article 15, section 5, subdivision 7, the following word is replaced by this and that." Then further "in paragraph 35, section 5, subdivision such and such, this and that is replaced by that and the other."
That means: for the 400 regulations enunciated here, a journalist, citizen, or parliamentarian would practically have to sit down and place, on the one side, the European Constitutional Treaty, and on the other side these formulations, and then map them against each other, in order to understand this. And it is entirely, of course, in legal terminology, which most people do not understand. That is, in my view, the actual intention of the authors, who want this treaty forced through without debate and without commotion; and if it were indeed rammed through, it would have catastrophic consequences for Europe.
Already the Maastricht Treaty and the Amsterdam Treaty and the Stability pact have practically created a corset for the European states, which—as can be seen with the euro—actually means not only that the national governments no longer have sovereignty over their own currencies, that there is no "lender of last resort" in Europe—which is not so problematic, if everything is running normally, but if a real banking crisis occurs, as we have now, then the Bundesbank and the BaFin are ostensibly the "lenders of last resort," but they have no sovereignty over the euro, and [European Central Bank head] Mr. Trichet said quite clearly, at a press conference: "That is not in our interest. We are not in charge of national bailout packages." Here is a real loophole in the law, which now already exists. What is now about to occur with the Treaty of Lisbon, is a massive obstruction of democracy, constitutional legality, and sovereignty. For what would occur with this treaty, if it were ratified, is that constitutional sovereignty would devolve to the European Council; the European Parliament would no longer have to agree to anything, but would only listen—to say nothing of the national parliaments.
This is thus, in reality, a constitution for dictatorship, which no longer maintains the pretense of a democratic process, and where a bureaucracy, which does not have to be elected democratically, makes the decisions.