Correct past mistakes and vote no to the fiscal treaty

The people - not unaccountable institutions - must be put at the heart of a new, stronger Europe, writes Declan Ganley.

12th May, 2012
Declan Ganley launches his 'No to Lisbon' posters on Moore street, Dublin, at the last European referendum. Photo: Feargal Ward

Towards the close of the politically tumultuous 18th century, Edmund Burke, the Irish intellectual giant of European and North American politics, assessed the modern era's first attempt at unifying Europe under Napoleon's Grande Armée.

Burke, the vociferous defender of the values inspiring the American struggle for independence and individual liberty, recoiled at what he saw as the product of the French Revolution, the very antithesis of liberty.

Burke saw Europe, under the spell...

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