Wither the EU ...
In addition, the temptation of economic access for the countries of eastern Europe as well as some residual desire for enhanced security attracts them to what is, longer term, a collosal blunder into economic stagnation and decades of being the new poor Southern States after the Reconstruction. It may be possible that, collectively, their numbers can wrest control of its direction from the Old Europe, and I think that, in part is their idea, but I am not optimistic and the it is a steep hill to climb, in part because the Constitution controls the direction so many guideposts point.
It seems to me that the strength and vigor of the EU enterprise has been fueled, or maybe it is better to say the concept has been buoyed, by the eastern European countries recent release from captivity and their rush to join it. So it is nice to see this opinion piece by Charles Moore in the Telegraph (reg. req'd) suggesting I might see my wish come true, in part, for the reason I dislike it so much.
It also has a great story on recent referendum history in France, too. Actually, it's most of the column but I felt like writing the above and this column prompted it .. anyway, a hat tip to MIFfed Again for the heads-up.
Update: Chapomatic notes French TV2 news is reporting that rejection is still ahead 53% to 47%, which is, after some slight fluctuations, back to where it was over a month ago.