More on the Lisbon Treaty ratification process
Polish President after rejecting any ratification very harshly because it was “pointless”, has now… ratified it. Looks like there were some problems with “illegal” state aid paid to historic shipyards of Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin. The estimated amount of that state aid is of €2.1 billion, a more than important amount which should be repaid. But it was solved by visiting Sarkozy:
Thus, completely coincidentally, the news later emerged that, while the commission is indeed going to make its ruling today, it has indicated that it will delay execution for three months. By then, a refinancing deal will doubtless have been stitched up, the details of which we will not be allowed to know until the treaty ratification is safely in the bag.
This rather cast Barroso in the role of the “good cop”, having yesterday spent a good deal of time on the phone with prime minister Donald Tusk, stitching up agreeing the details. But there is no such velvet glove treatment for the Irish.
Meanwhile, Czech people are not very keen on the ratification. In fact the majority is opposed to ratification. 43% support the ratification, while a 27% don’t understand the treaty. Me neither.
Yesterday, Irish politician of all signs reacted angrily at Sarkozy who asked for another vote to be held on Ireland about the referendum. It’s important to note that the reaction was the same, whether they were opposed to the Lisbon Treaty or in favour of its ratification.