Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Democracy Deficit

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann was interviewed by Der Speigel, and made this telling admission about democracy in Europe:
Don't forget that Austria became a member of this union as a result of a referendum. The fact that we only ratified the new EU Constitution and then the Lisbon Treaty in our parliament is not exactly glowing proof that we were confident that we had popular approval. And now, if we are asked to vote a third time because the Irish will perhaps vote no once again, then we cannot claim that this is what a parliament is authorized to do.
In other words, Austria didn't have the votes for approval, and so bypassed the voters in favor of restricted debate -- but wouldn't have the courage to try that again.

Nice democracy, fellows.

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