I would be the first to say that the European Constitution text is a better way to fight insomnia than the rest of the sleeping pills sold at drugstores. However, in France, this text has led the people to a major debate. The text, which defines the EU competitions and objectives, is relatively short. It’s made up of 60 articles and is easily available. However, its opponents are presenting it as incomprehensible and threatening because it speaks of “free competition”. They present it as an instrument of wanton liberalism, which would spur displacements and jeopardize the public service and social protection. This argument contributes to a No, but it’s contrary to the true sense of the text. Reading Article 3, which proclaims that the EU is building a social market economy, is enough. When electors read the text, they understand that the No supporters are lying to them, and therefore Yes grows. The creation of a president’s post confers the EU with an identity and the Foreign Minister can speak with one voice. The European Parliament also gets stronger. Saying No to the text differs from country to country. Great Britain and the Czech Republic regard the text as an instrument of “socialist centralization” while France sees it as an instrument of deregulation. Truth is to be found somewhere in between the two: building a social market economy the purpose of which is full employment, social progress and environmental protection. This model is the core of the European project and even if the text is soporific, the French should not yield to the No nightmare.

Source: Time Magazine (U.S.A.) Reference: « Wake Up ! It’s Time to Vote Yes », by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Time Magazine, May 22, 2005.