Европа: игра в обвинялки

Лидеры Европейского Союза только что встретились друг с другом, чтобы извлечь уроки из неудавшихся референдумов по Конституционному договору. Но им не нужно ходить далеко в поисках виноватых. На самом деле им следует просто посмотреть на себя в зеркало и честно взглянуть на последствия нечестной игры, которую слишком долго вели лидеры стран-членов ЕС.

В течение многих лет эти лидеры надеялись пожинать выгоды от реформы, избегая в то же время обвинений, поэтому они обычно перекладывали ответственность за непопулярные, но необходимые меры на официальных лиц ЕС. А затем горько жаловались своему народу на «брюссельских бюрократов» и их недемократические замашки.

Но эти лидеры забыли, что народ может и на самом деле им поверить. Поэтому, когда лидеры Франции и Нидерландов – сторонники конституции до мозга костей – спросили свои народы, что те думают о Евросоюзе, то услышали в ответ четкое эхо своих же собственных слов: народам не нравятся реформы, и им не нравятся «брюссельские бюрократы», с конституцией или без нее.

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