Will Ireland Say 'Yes' To Lisbon?
'For months, the European Union has been battered by economic storms that now seriously threaten a protracted Europe-wide recession. But although banking and finance have taken center stage, the EU's constitutional problem refuses to go away. The Irish rejection of the Lisbon treaty in June plunged the EU into a renewed period of uncertainty about the Union's future. Now, in the run-up to the European Council summit on 11-12 December, expectations are growing that Irish prime minister Brian Cowen will provide a clear roadmap for an Irish solution to the EU's constitutional dilemma.'