Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Another bulwark cracks

But it is still game on.

This morning the Czech constitutional Court has decided in its wisdom that the Lisbon Treaty is, "in harmony with the Czech constitutional order".

So now Prime Minister Topalanek will have the difficult task of guiding the legislation through both houses of ther Czech Parliament. With his own party the ODS deeply split on the issue, opinion polls showing popular discontent and in Vaclav Klaus a President viscerally opposed, this could be quite fun.

Of course lined up on the PM's side will be the political elite, the other EU countries, the Commission and of course the pressure of holding the EU Presidency in the first half of next year.

Can he win the Senate vote by March as he promises? The electoral mathamatics is going to be interesting, he needs a three fifths majority.

And there is the thorny question of the Sudeten Germans and the Benes accords.

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