BL for EODE Think Tank / With Sputnik News (Moscow) / 2015 07 03/
“For the European Union, the Crimean referendum, as a form of direct democracy and people self-determination, is a danger and a bad example by itself”
The European Union has a discomfort when it comes to the organization of a referendum. This union, less “European” and every day more Atlanticist, claims to represent a “democratic” process based on “the popular expression”. But as it is the referendum, the very basis of this popular expression, the comprador oligarchy that actually run the EU is conspicuously absent.
The anger of this oligarchic minority against the referendum in Greece on the Euro crisis is a cross-reference to that against the referendum of self-determination of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in March 2014, where a majority of Crimeans has democratically chosen the return of the peninsula to Russia.
The EU definitely has a major problem with referenda!
What Luc MICHEL reminded on the occasion of the first anniversary of the referendum in March, in an interview to SPUTNIK NEWS (Moscow):
« REFERENDUM IN CRIMEA SET PRECEDENT FOR EU COUNTRIES – NGO EXECUTIVE” (MARCH 13, 2015)
Excerps : “The Crimean referendum of March 16, 2014, resulted in the reunification with Russia, was a danger and a bad example from the point of view of the EU, an NGO administrator-general said.
The referendum that took place in Crimea on March 16, 2014 and led to its reunification with Russia set a precedent for the EU countries, the administrator-general of the Eurasian Observatory for Democracy & Elections (EODE) told Sputnik on Tuesday.
“For the European Union, the Crimean referendum, as a form of direct democracy and people self-determination, is a danger and a bad example by itself,” Luc Michel told the news agency.
Michel explained that a lot of people call for self-determination in EU countries, such as Flemish in Belgium, but also part of the country’s French community that wants to go back to the French Republic, Catalans, Galicians, Basques in Spain, Scottish people in the United Kingdom, Venezians and Padanians in Italy and also Sicilians.
On March 11, 2014, Crimea and its special-status port city of Sevastopol adopted a declaration of independence from Ukraine, asking for reunification with Russia. The declaration was followed by a region-wide referendum on March 16, 2014, and a March 18, 2014, treaty of accession between Crimea and Russia.”
* Original on Sputnik News :
* Full interview of Luc Michel on Eode.org :
Geopolitics/ Interview of Luc Michel by Sputnik International (Moscow): Crimea one year after
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