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A Kouchner own goal

Kouchner warned the Irish that a ‘no’ vote in tomorrow’s referendum on the European Union’s reform treaty would be regarded with “gigantic incomprehension”, adding that it would be “very, very awkward if we couldn’t count on the Irish, who themselves have counted a great deal on Europe’s money”.

What is incomprehensible is for the French Foreign Minister to make such an unwise comment. The irony is that Kouchner comes from a Member State which has received a great deal of Europe’s money but nevertheless rejected the Constitutional treaty in a referendum, and a political party which helped deliver the ‘No’.

“Eaten bread is soon forgotten.” (Thomas Fuller)


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