Colin Teese on Europe (letter)by John R. BarichNews Weekly
, July 2, 2005
Once again, Colin Teese (News Weekly
, June 18) gives a perceptive view of the European Union constitution-making process.
However, he has omitted to mention three problem areas:
1) Turkey's proposed membership was objected to by a significant proportion of Dutch and French people who see its entry as a dilution of the Western ideals; Pope Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Ratzinger, has been on record as opposing Turkey's membership.
2) The refusal to have Europe's Christian origins recognised in the proposed constitution would have alienated a section of the voters.
3) At least three countries, including Italy, are far from happy with the new currency, the Euro.
In the Italian Parliament, a private member's bill has called for a return to the lira. Britain, of course, has steadfastly refused to surrender the pound.John R. Barich,