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Regarding ‘EU hails ‘new era’ as Lisbon Treaty goes into force‘:

The Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community (alias the Lisbon Treaty) entered into force on Dec. 1st, 2009 [1].

Choosing an emblematic timing, on Nov. 30th – on the eve of the Lisbon Treaty’s entry into force – the Scottish government revealed its plan to hold a referendum on Scotland’s future in 2010 with the ultimate goal of “an independent, sovereign Scotland” [2].

In a previous letter to you [3] I wrote “[i]t is a fact of common knowledge that many Europeans do not want to lose their national identities by being smelted into a federal superstate. Moreover, it is not uncommon that there are separatist regions even within the national boundaries of Member States.” One of the examples I had in mind was Scotland – a country with a long history of fight for independence which led to the creation of the Scottish Parliament in the late 1990s.

The recent development in Scotland only confirms the correctness of my assessment of the major internal threat facing united Europe today, namely that “any further pushing for “an ever closer union” [4] threatens the integrity of the European Community by invoking the Newton’s third law of physics, “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”” [3].

Therefore, as a European I can only regret the fact that, blinded by their lust for more and more power and money, politicians and bureaucrats at both the national- and European Union-level have chosen to ignore the evident signs of social dissatisfaction with the Community development and the valuable lessons that history teaches us [3], thus sentencing Europe to repeat its past mistakes as wisely concluded by George Santayana – “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”


Svetoslav Apostolov

[1] European Commission. 2009. Lisbon treaty – a fresh start for the EU. [online]
URL: (site last accessed on 02.12.2009).

[2] Scottish Government’s web site: Choosing Scotland’s Future. [online]
URL: (site last accessed on 01.12.2009).

[3] Apostolov, S. 2009. USSR Reloaded? [online]
URL: (site last accessed on 01.12.2009).

[4] High Contracting Parties. 1992. Treaty establishing the European Community.
Available online: (page last accessed on 01.10.2009).

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