Just the basics:
- The Lisbon Treaty is a huge messy document that no one really likes to read.
- Most of the people talking about the Lisbon Treaty have never read it.
- And even fewer have tried to compare it with how the EU works based on the Nice Treaty and based on over 50 years of non-treaty institutional developments.
- Most people talking about the Lisbon Treaty treat it as if the Union didn't exist, as if Lisbon created something new.
- Most critics don't discuss the changes introduced by Lisbon compared to Nice - that's why they never quote articles - but their vision of what the EU does.
- 90% of what is said about Lisbon is propaganda, totally covering the 10% of actually reasonable critique that is based on what the Treaty changes or doesn't change.
- As a 27 nation compromise, Lisbon is far from perfect - but it's still better than the even more chaotic and complicated Nice Treaty!
- A debate based on selective, non-comparative reading of single provisions of the Treaty, or based on invented issues is even worse than a not perfect Treaty.
- I don't support the whole text, but I find 90% of the institutional changes made in comparison to Nice advantageous for me as a citizen, in particular the strengthening of the EU Parliament and the stricter subsidiarity provisions regarding national parliaments.
- I support the Lisbon Treaty, hoping for further amelioration in the future.
- I hope that the Irish will vote YES, knowing that it is a "Compromise-YES".
- I hope that Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic will ratify the Treaty as soon as possible.
Stop inventing the Lisbon Treaty - if you are criticising the Treaty, please quote the article you refer to and the changes it brings compared to Nice and current practices, so that we can discuss on real grounds, not based on rumours!