Re: EU Constitution ratified, Volume 11, Number 19, May 16 - May 22, 2005
One of the main arguments against this constitution is that far too often our politicians have used the EU as an excuse for unpopular decisions; a "Yes" vote would virtually double the number of excuses politicians could use in the future.
The majority of Hollanders do not want Turkey to join (despite the politicians saying that we do), and this constitution is fully acceptable to the Turks, in that, to please the Turks, our politicians deliberately left our Christian heritage out of it.
Anyone who claims that issues such as "EU-excuses" and "Turkey possibly joining" have nothing to do with this constitution is not telling the truth.
Last but not least, the European Community was founded purely on economic grounds (the coal and steel pact, with elements of the Benelux agreement added), and therefore the question in the referendum should have been "Do you 'yes' or 'no' agree to the EU also becoming a political union?"
6. Jun 2005 at 0:00