Former director of the Shell’s Chemistry Department (1973-1976), Dutch liberal representative (1978-1982, 1986-1988, 1989-1999), Minister of Foreign Trade (1982 1986) and Defense (1998-1999), Frits Bolkestein was European commissioner for the Internal Market. His name is still part of the guidelines about the relaxing of services in the EU. He is now lobbying on MENATEP’s behalf for Yukos case.
Both French and Dutch killed the European Constitution Treaty (ECT). If the EU governments tried to revive it, they would only stimulate the anger of those who voted “no”. European leaders should take their time and think. To do this, they can lean on the following elements:
Let’s not describe the treaty as a “Constitution” since it may arouse big fears or huge expectations.
The Chart of Fundamental Rights must be removed. It’s completely useless because we already have the European (...)