Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I bet you didn't expect that

I think it's a scandal that EU leaders, after coming up with an unwieldy and simply bad proposal, and having it soundly defeated in two referendums, keep on bringing up the idea of "reviving the EU Constitution." So I found this story, which was first reported in the Brussels Journal, particularly hilarious (via Drudge):
In the decade since they voted to join the European Union the islanders of the Aland archipelago in the Baltic Sea have been outvoted and overruled by Brussels, time and again. Now Aland, a unique, autonomous region of Finland, is about to teach Brussels a lesson in democracy it may never forget.
Thanks to a quirk of early 20th-century history, Aland's 26,000 people are essentially sovereign co-rulers of their home nation of Finland. As such, they can veto any international treaty that Finland wants to enter, including EU treaties.
And the islanders are threatening to do just that when the European Commission attempts to revive the moribund EU constitution later this year.
Do read the whole thing. I daresay if I wasn't against the Constitution I wouldn't be as amused by the whole story, but I'm only human after all, and I really think the EU elites had it coming.

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