The August issue of Diplomaatia focuses on current affairs in Europe.
David Rennie, the Brussels correspondent of The Economist, analyses the nature of the Lisbon Treaty and the situation Ireland is in after the referendum. “Beware arguments that sound as though they must be true,” warns Rennie. “That is the lesson of the Lisbon Treaty, and the torrent of rhetoric from European Union leaders that a failure to ratify the union’s new rule book would be a catastrophe. (—) Without Lisbon, they repeat, the EU risks paralysis, and cannot take its rightful place on the world stage. As said before, this is a terribly plausible argument. The only problem is: in almost every detail, it is not true—and a startling number of the ambassadors, politicians and senior officials who inhabit the EU’s corridors of power admit as much in private.”