Friday, April 29, 2005

French Socialists Vote 'Non' II

There are continued hopeful signs of a defeat of the European Constitution in France. The people of Europe are realizing that, although a internationalist tendency is desirable, this Constitution does nothing but put chains onto the everyday people of Europe while institutionalizing neo-liberal, pro-war, imperialist policies.
The awakening to reality began on February 4, when 82% of delegates in France's largest trade union confederation, the CGT, voted to endorse the "no". This was a blow to the CGT's own leadership, which had come out for "yes". The rumblings began to be heard in the ranks of the Socialist Party, whose first secretary François Hollande had railroaded through an internal party referendum which narrowly endorsed the Constitution before anyone had had time to read it.

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