On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 2:35 PM, James McCarthy <James.McCarthy at sun.com>
> Good reasons perhaps for Germany, if the Germans so choose, everyone else
> however is another matter.
> Which highlights the problem with Lisbon (and Nice before it), either
> forcing our methods on the Germans or have their methods forced on us. The
> U.S. doesn't have this problem, one group of states cannot by a majority
> force laws on another state. But this is exactly what we already have (from
> Nice), and which will be made even worse from Lisbon.
That's what you get when you join a larger union. You gain the benefits of
being inside a large, powerful bloc, and you lose some independence. That's
the way it *works*. The comparison with the USA is dubious - the states of
the US have considerably *less* individual autonomy than do the nations of
Colm Buckley / colm at tuatha.org / +353 87 2469146
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