Saturday, October 27, 2007

Europe? What Europe?


The question of whether to ratify the Lisbon treaty will not be addressed at today's meeting of the PS National Council. "Everyone has agreed not to talk about it," said Stéphane Le Foll, Hollande's no. 2. Pierre Moscovici, who favors a "critical yes," is nevertheless willing to back Benoît Hamon's "constructive abstention." But he's not going to talk about it either. Everyone's goal is to "make sure that the party comes down on a position that doesn't increase tensions," Le Foll said.

While thus avoiding the major issue of Europe, the National Council will nevertheless find time to hear the reports of no fewer than three "committees on renovation." Evidently the "renovation" of the party does not require taking positions on major issues even if they do increase tensions. American Democrats are familiar with the syndrome. They are also familiar with the result: repeated losses. Of course the PS doesn't need the American example to learn that lesson. But it doesn't seem able to profit from its failures.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It makes a sad spectacle to see pro-Europeans at heart like Pierre Moscovici ackwardly putting a very vague party line before their own convictions of what is best for the country and for Europe.

The way the Socialists face the issues today is reminding of a opinion by old Center-left ( Radical in France ) Henri Queuille :" il n'y a pas de problème qu'une longue négligence ne puisse résoudre."

Plus archaique, tu meurs !

Anonymous said...

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