Fw: No to Nice

John O'Neill johnfergaloneill at eircom.net
Wed Aug 21 13:00:20 MDT 2002


----- Original Message -----
From: John O'Neill <johnfergaloneill at eircom.net>
To: Eric Bagai <eric at foreworks.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 7:57 PM
Subject: Fw: No to Nice


>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: John O'Neill <johnfergaloneill at eircom.net>
> To: Communist Party of Canada <pvoice at web.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 7:55 PM
> Subject: Fw: No to Nice
>
>
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: John O'Neill <johnfergaloneill at eircom.net>
> > To: colm Breathnach <breathc at hotmail.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 7:51 PM
> > Subject: Fw: No to Nice
> >
> >
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: John O'Neill <johnfergaloneill at eircom.net>
> > > To: Alternative <alternative at sbcglobal.net>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 7:50 PM
> > > Subject: No to Nice
> > >
> > >
> > > > INDEPENDENT SOCIALIST FORUM AGAINST NICE
> > > > Vote No to the Treaty of Nice
> > > > NO TO THE EUROPE
> > > > OF BIG BUSINESS
> > > >  Having already voted against the Nice Treaty, we are now being
forced
> > to
> > > > vote on it again. Main-stream politicians, big business, union
leaders
> > and
> > > > the entire establishment are pulling out all the stops to reverse
last
> > > year'
> > > > s rejection of the Treaty. The same government that is breaking
> election
> > > > promises left, right and centre-making cutbacks in health and
> education,
> > > > refusing to pay public sector workers what they are owed-is telling
us
> > > that
> > > > the sky will fall in if we vote No.
> > > > They are so determined to force the Treaty down our throats because
it
> > > suits
> > > > the interests of their class. Nice is the latest step in
> strengthen-ing
> > > the
> > > > economic, military and political power of European big business-a
> > process
> > > > that attacks the interests of workers in Europe and across the
world.
> We
> > > > should reject Nice again this year.
> > > > No to a two-tier, undemocratic Europe
> > > > We are being told that the Nice Treaty is necessary to allow
countries
> > in
> > > > eastern Europe to join the EU. This is not true: more countries can
> join
> > > > under the present arrangements. If these countries want to join the
> > > European
> > > > Union, they should be let in tomorrow-as equals.
> > > > The problem is that the big guns of Europe don't want these
countries
> to
> > > > join as equals, but as second-class members. For the first time the
> > > > principle of free movement of citizens will be set aside, and most
EU
> > > states
> > > > will maintain re-strictions on people from eastern Europe when their
> > > > countries join. The Common Agricultural Policy will not apply in
> eastern
> > > > Europe for a long period, and even then only at a severely reduced
> > level.
> > > > New member states will not be given an equal say in decision making.
> > > > The rich countries of western Europe want an expanded market for
their
> > > > companies to exploit. Eastern Europe is being forced to liberalise
its
> > > > services, privatise its economies and open them up to unrestricted
> > > > multinational investment. Having escaped from the bureaucratic
tyranny
> > of
> > > > the old Stalinist system, workers in these countries now face
economic
> > > ruin
> > > > with little social protection from the ravages of the market.
> > > > Already the EU suffers, not from a 'democratic deficit', but from
> > > democratic
> > > > bankruptcy. The unelected European Commission has massive power,
while
> > the
> > > > European Parliament has hardly any. The Nice Treaty would
concentrate
> > > power
> > > > in even fewer hands. The big states would be able to gang up and
vote
> > down
> > > > the objections of smaller states, whose right of veto would be
removed
> > in
> > > > even more areas. Small states would have to wait a turn to get a
seat
> at
> > > the
> > > > Commission table, while big states would have a Commissioner
> > permanently.
> > > > 'Enhanced co-operation', as the Treaty calls it, would allow groups
of
> > > > states to go ahead and do their own thing anyway if they failed to
get
> > > > support for their proposals.
> > > > No to a corporate Europe
> > > > The European Union is based on Thatcherite economic principles.
> > > Governments
> > > > are banned from subsidising industries and services which "could
lead
> to
> > a
> > > > distortion of competition". Public spending has to be kept below a
> very
> > > > tight level, otherwise states can be fined and forced to change
> policy.
> > > > Public services have to be opened up to private competition and run
as
> > > > commercial concerns. Any restrictions on movements of capital are
> > > > prohibited. The ground rules of the EU put the worship of the free
> > market
> > > > first and foremost, ruling out any alternative way of running the
> > economy
> > > to
> > > > serve people's needs. The erosion of the welfare state in the EU has
> > left
> > > a
> > > > fifth of its people below the poverty line.
> > > > This corporate Europe intends to spread its tentacles globally.
While
> > > using
> > > > its subsidies to promote European big business in world markets, it
> > > > pressurises 'third world' states to dismantle their own economic
> > supports.
> > > > Nice would give the European Commission the right to negotiate trade
> > > > agreements without reference to individual states. These agreements
> > would
> > > > remove all barriers to multinational capital in the world economy.
The
> > > > proposed General Agree-ment on Trade and Services aims to constrain
> all
> > > > levels of government in their delivery of services, and to
facilitate
> > > access
> > > > to government contracts by transnational corporations in a multitude
> of
> > > > areas including health and education.
> > > > While European capitalism rides roughshod over the rights and living
> > > > standards of people in the poorest countries, it also closes its
doors
> > on
> > > > those who come to Europe in search of a better life. The EU makes
> token
> > > > commitments to human rights, but European police forces gang up to
> seal
> > > the
> > > > borders of Fortress Europe against people seeking refuge from
economic
> > and
> > > > political injustice. A racist crackdown on immi-grants across the EU
> > > > forcibly restricts the movements of human beings, while movements of
> > > capital
> > > > remain sacrosanct.
> > > > No to EU militarism
> > > > The European Union aims to form a power bloc of its own on the world
> > > > economic and political stage, and is equipping itself with the
> military
> > > > capability to back that up. Its Rapid Reaction Force will be able to
> > > > intervene up to 2500 miles outside Europe to protect EU
interests-like
> > > most
> > > > modern warfare, under the cover of 'peace-keeping'. EU states are
> > pledged
> > > to
> > > > arms co-operation, and the EU arms industry currently makes an
annual
> > > profit
> > > > of ?13 billion.
> > > > Ireland is not taking part in the EU common defence-but it doesn't
> have
> > > to,
> > > > because the Irish ruling class can realise their military ambitions
> > > without
> > > > it. They have already comm-itted troops to the Rapid Reaction Force,
> and
> > > > re-organised the army to fit in with NATO require-ments. They have
> > joined
> > > > NATO's Partnership for Peace (without the referendum promised by
> Fianna
> > > > Fáil) and have made Shannon airport available for any US government
> that
> > > > wants to bomb civilians.
> > > > Even if Ireland doesn't physically take part in EU warfare, it has
to
> > > > support it. The EU treaty compels states to bring their policies
into
> > line
> > > > with EU military actions, supporting them "active-ly and
unreservedly"
> > > > without impeding them in any way. The option of staying neutral in a
> war
> > > > fought by EU states, and opposing the barbarity of warfare, is not
> > > allowed.
> > > > Yes to an alternative Europe
> > > > The alternative is not to separate ourselves from Europe and turn
the
> > > clock
> > > > back to the dismal days of de Valera's Ireland. Having Irish
> > poli-ticians
> > > > and capitalists rule our lives is no better than having European
> > > politicians
> > > > and capitalists rule our lives. Economically, militarily and
> > politic-ally,
> > > > the Irish ruling class are at one with their European counterparts.
> > > > Running Ireland in the interests of its workers rather than big
> business
> > > > means rejecting the cor-porate, exploitative, militaristic,
> undemocratic
> > > > Euro-pean Union. But it also means co-operating and fighting
shoulder
> to
> > > > shoulder with workers in neighbouring countries, building an
> alternative
> > > > Europe.
> > > > Such a Europe would embrace the whole continent, ensuring the rights
> of
> > > all
> > > > its peoples and regions. It would cherish our environment instead of
> > > > sacri-ficing it to profiteers. It would oppose war, and wipe out the
> > arms
> > > > trade rather than innocent human beings. It would pay its global
> debts,
> > > > repairing the damage done by European imperialism to the 'third
world'
> > > over
> > > > the decades, and welcoming all those seeking refuge from injustice.
> > > > This is the kind of Europe envisaged in the protests that now oppose
> > every
> > > > summit of the EU's rulers. It would mean the European working class
> > taking
> > > > Europe into their own hands. Rejecting the Nice Treaty again is the
> > first
> > > > step towards building it.
> > > > The Independent Socialist Forum Against Nice has been set up by
> > > independent
> > > > socialists to campaign for a No vote in this year's referendum. We
> > intend
> > > to
> > > > put forward a socialist case against Nice and take part in the broad
> > > > movement against the treaty. The Forum is open to all non-aligned
> > > > socialists: if you would like to get involved, get in touch with us.
> > > > INDEPENDENT SOCIALIST FORUM AGAINST NICE
> > > > c/o 19 Fairways Grove, Finglas East, Dublin 11
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
>



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