The Next Step for the European Union

Cathal McNaughton / Reuters

All together now Ireland (finally) approved the Lisbon Treaty

The Irish question — the 21st century version of it, not the one that so vexed Victorian statesmen — has been settled. Ireland's Oct. 2 referendum vote in favor of the Lisbon Treaty and a new constitutional settlement for the European Union was decisive. It seems highly likely that Poland and the Czech Republic, the two holdouts in the process of ratifying the new treaty, will fall into line soon, however much it may pain Czech President Vaclav Klaus, the Saint-Just of Euroskepticism, to sign the document. By the beginning of next year, new institutional arrangements for the E.U. will be...

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