The Irish rejection of the new EU reform treaty has posed more questions than answers as European foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg. Some insist there is still life in the treaty, and that it can be resuscitated; others fear the Irish ‘No’ heralds the end of the line. But all agree that there are no quick fixes, and knee-jerk reactions will not help. Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel said it is time for reflection:
“It would be risky to say that we are going to bring the treaty back to life, not at this moment when we are facing a blockade, how should I put it, this moment of truth? It is time for a little bit of thinking, of analysis, and listening. We should be in the listening mode today.”
The Irish rejection has revealed differences of opinion in Europe. France says other countries should push on and ratify the treaty even so. But the Czech Republic, one of nine countries yet to start the process, rejected pressure from Paris as ‘inappropriate’ given that French voters helped kill the proposed EU constitution back in 2005.