So the Polish President Lech Kaczynski is refusing to sign off the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon. Czech President Vaclav Klaus may do the same this autumn, even if the Czech constitutional court gives the Treaty the OK. It seems that the No vote in Ireland has given these 2 populist politicians the opportunity to break cover and public express their views about the Treaty of Lisbon and, if they do deliver on what they say, essentially condemn the document to the dustbin.
But before those that oppose the Treaty of Lisbon crow ‘thank goodness’ reflect on this: Klaus and Kaczynski, like the population of Ireland, have power to say No to something within the EU, but what do the Presidents of Poland and Czech Republic actually want? Presumably sticking with the Treaty of Nice doesn’t really make them happy either. But better, I suppose, to score a few cheap points in the national media than try to behave in a forward looking manner towards the EU.