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EU elections put Lisbon Treaty on hold

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EU elections put Lisbon Treaty on hold


The unfolding story of the Euro elections leaves the Lisbon Treaty with an uncertain future.
The Czech Republic’s right-wing Civic Democrats took a net victory yesterday, and will join a generally-anti-federalist group in the European Parliament. The Czech Republic is one of three nations to have either rejected Lisbon or not yet ratified it. Ireland and Poland are the other two, and President Vaclav Klaus says he will not sign the Treaty unless Ireland votes ‘yes‘ in a second referendum.
That is also the message from Poland. The ruling liberal Civic Platform Party emerged on top yesterday, albeit after a poor turnout. They beat the conservative Law and Justice Party of the Kaczynski twins, who are staunch euro-sceptics and who are also awaiting Ireland’s decision in the autumn.
The result improves the British Conservatives chances of being able to form a new group of right-wing anti-federalists in Brussels and Strasbourg with support from the Civil Democrats and Law and Justice. The Conservatives have already left the centre-right EPP group that will dominate the new parliament, but they will need support of parties from at least four other member states.

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