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Zepp-LaRouche Responds to German President's Decision Not To Sign the Lisbon Treaty: `Germany, At Least for Now, Is Still a Constitutional State'

June 30, 2008 (EIRNS)—Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute and leader of the Civil Rights Movement Solidarity Party in Germany, issued the following statement today, in response to the news that German President Horst Koehler will respect the request of the German Constitutional Court, that he not sign the Lisbon Treaty until they have ruled on legal challenges.

"This is a very good development, because it shows that Germany, at least for now, is still a Rechtstaat, or constitutional state. I am confident that the Constitutional judges will find many points where the Lisbon Treaty violates the Grundgesetz, or Basic Law, of the German republic. Among these points are:

  1. The complete transfer of sovereignty, which, according to the Grundgesetz, emanates from the people, is transferred to a supranational bureaucracy, which is not accountable to the people.

  2. Once the Treaty is signed, the European Union bureaucracy can change anything in it whenever or however it wants, without consulting with the states.

  3. The Treaty represents a fundamental change of the Constitution, which change, according to the Grundgesetz, requires the agreement of the population."

There is no date set when the Constitutional Court will rule on challenges to the Treaty, which had already been thrown into limbo by the Irish, who voted 'no' in a referendum held June 12.