On 13 December 2007, the heads of EU States and governments signed the "Lisbon Treaty" which they expect to take effect on 1 January 2009. This Treaty will govern the future workings of the European Union and, like the European Constitution refused by French and Dutch voters in 2005, it will set the course of a neo-liberal, free-market Europe in exactly the same way. The social needs of European citizens are not taken into account. Instead of respecting the wishes of Europeans for a democratic, social, peaceful and ecological Europe, this treaty sets the neoliberal EU agenda in stone.
To succeed in this coup d'état, all demands for referendums have been ignored and governments are misleading their peoples about the content.
Only in Ireland does the Constitution mandate a referendum, to be held on June 12th. We ask the Irish to vote against this EU Treaty!
We place our hopes in the Irish, and in our fellow Europeans to join in this effort.
We say YES to Europe, but we want a new beginning. We want a peaceful, social, ecological and democratic Europe and we say NO to militarization of the EU, to its neoliberal orientation and the downgrading of democratic freedoms.
We aspire to a European Union of the people, by the people, for the people, but that can only become possible when all citizens of the EU member states are given the right to decide for themselves whether the Lisbon Treaty should be the basis of their future governments. We say NO and we ask you to
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