News from the Continent-
Following Poland and Ireland‘s recent join-ups, the Czech state — and its occasionally Euroskeptic president, Vaclav Klaus — appear to be getting on board the Lisbon Treaty train and positioning themselves as the last of the 27 EU countries to ratify the document that would create a European Constitution.
If the Czech measure carries, many expect the charter to be in place by the first of December. In addition to the adoption of an European Constitution, the EU is looking to establish a singular office to head up the Council of the European Union and replace its annual rotating position. Although it is unclear how this leader would be chosen (direct democracy or parliamentary election), and what the officeholder’s title would be (President or Prime Minister of Europe), one thing is clear: the leader will neither be the so-called “King of Europe” nor invade Russia (see Napoleon’s Patriotic War and Operation Barbarossa). In other words, there will be no vodka and panties raid. This is surely a disappointment to some member states.
Former British PM, Tony Blair‘s name has been mentioned as early front-runner for the EU post. He’s soooo dreamy.
No matter how it shakes down on the leadership front, none of this matters until the Czechs can push through the message of continentalism and multi-nationalism.