Ireland to Vote Again on Lisbon Treaty

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The EU Observer is reporting that the EU heads of state gathered in Brussels for a two-day summit have reached an agreement on a second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty before the end of 2009. As a condition for the do-over, Ireland received EU assurances of non-intervention on taxation and social issues like abortion and euthansia, as well as assurances regarding Irish worries about how European defense would impact the country’s neutrality. The 26 also agreed to maintain the “one country, one commissioner” system on the EU High Commission. The Lisbon Treaty had envisaged a rotating commission of reduced […]


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