Ahto Lobjakas, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
BRUSSELS -- In a trademark EU irony, the bloc on October 3 cleared one crisis -- after it was announced that Irish voters had approved its Lisbon Treaty by a two-to-one majority -- only to face another.
After the initial euphoria had passed, European media reverted to crisis mode on October 5. "After A Resounding Irish 'Yes,' The Lisbon Treaty Remains Under Threat," warned the influential French Catholic daily "La Croix" in a headline.
The treaty, which will clear the way for a series of reforms aimed at streamlining the functioning of the 27-member bloc, still needs to be ratified by Poland and the Czech Republic.
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After Irish 'Yes,' EU Treaty's Future Still Unclear