France having problems with EU treaty?

Sure seems like it.

In a joint statement, President Jacques Chirac and Germany’s Gerhard Schroeder said the EU text, which faces growing opposition in France, marks a "major step" in Europe’s efforts to come together politically.

The two leaders, who have long worked closely together, "reaffirmed their conviction that implementation of the constitutional treaty will be an important step to confirm Europe’s weight on the international scene and to reinforce its capacity to act in the service of peace and security."

First, they wouldn’t know security unless it bit them in the ass. Which, based on the growing Islamic population, may very well do just that. 2nd:

France and Germany portray themselves as the motors of European integration. But both are also plagued with high unemployment and slow economic growth — factors that French opponents of the treaty have capitalized on to shout down the text.

Let’s not sugar coat this. From a post of mine on March 6th:

Germany has an unemployment rate of 12.6%, and France’s crept up to 10%. Compare that to the US rate of 5.4%. And with the economic growth rate at an estimated 1% and 1.8% for Germany and France, respectively, neither country is expecting their jobs situation to improve. Compare that to an estimated 3.9% growth rate for the United States. I know where I want to live. Add that the EU intentionally limits economic growth to level the European playing field, and the prospects look poor.

Gee, you would think CNN could have added how bad it is in Germany and France.

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6 Responses to “France having problems with EU treaty?”

  1. Maggie says:

    “Gee, you would think CNN could have added how bad it is in Germany and France.”

    Why William….have you been in the cooking sherry again? We’re talking CNN here….the distant cousin of CBS! You can’t expect any truth from either of them.

    Now, put the bottle down and sober up, my friend!

  2. Maggie says:

    Oooops! Shiver me timbers! YA BE IN THE RUM, MATE!

  3. Ye be right, of course, lass. Some tequila would be in order!

  4. Maggie says:

    No, no. Maggie…nickname for Margaret…Spanish: Marguerita.

    You’re the pirate…YOU GET RUM.

    I’m the Maggie….I get the tequila for my MARGUERITA!

  5. Aaaarrrrhhh, that could work, lass.

  6. Ogre says:

    In the cooking Sherry? Teach? LOL.

    I think France is opposed now because they haven’t figured out how they can surrender while part of the EU yet. They’re holding out for veto surrender power so they can surrender on behalf of the entire EU.

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