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Re: Court deliberating over motion on EU treaty, Flash News, January 19, 2006

This issue is rather complicated indeed, so I can understand the attitude of the Constitutional Court. Two things bug me about this though. First of all, if the Constitutional Court finds the matter at hand so complicated that it cannot come to a conclusion within a reasonable period of time, how is it that the government and parliament could do so quickly?

Secondly, what if France and Holland had voted 'yes' in the referendum? Would the matter then have been referred to the Constitutional Court also, or would Slovakia simply have gone with the flow? This is an interesting question, because the EU elite regards the Slovak vote as a firm 'yes', whereas, as it stands, this is by no means certain.

In the current circumstances I would think it likely that the Slovak Constitutional Court will prefer to drag the matter out in the hope that this EU Constitution exhales its last breath before it (the Court) has to arrive at any conclusion.

One thing is certain though, the Slovak Constitutional Court does regard the EU Constitition as a 'constitution', for if it didn't, it would argue that it is not it's job to deal with a "treaty".

Oscar,
Radošovce, Slovakia

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