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At the same time the Constitution sets in stone the Stability Pact and risks preventing member States from implementing a policy of growth. So we are not able to do things at the European or the national level.
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But Maastricht was not the end of history. It was a first step towards a Europe of growth, of employment, a social Europe. That was the vision of Francois Mitterrand. We are far from that now.
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But with this last enlargement Europe has changed its nature. The new countries are diverse. The old methods will no longer work.
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For a long time many believed that there would be an automatic adjustment and counted on a rapid increase in the wages of the emerging nations, on our advances in technology and the costs of transport preventing disruption. But this reassuring analysis is out of date.
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France on its own cannot impose its point of view. But neither should it give up on its demands. With a clear vote for change France will be in a strong position.
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However, the Constitution will not allow us a sufficient budget: unanimity is required and borrowing is forbidden.
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I am a partisan and artisan of Europe. But I draw the lessons of my experience in government.
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I approved the Maastricht treaty because it contained a major advance: the Euro. Despite its current shortcomings (it remains too strong) it can be a means of stability and power in the world.
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I have always conceived of the construction of Europe as a movement which permits slowly and surely an upwards social and economic harmonisation.
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If we wish to develop scientific research, a transport policy, public services, it is necessary to have the financial means to do so.
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The demographic weight of countries such as China and India exercise a massive pressure on our wages and salaries. They have accomplished massive technological advances and the revolution in information technology has reduced the costs of transport.
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The single currency should allow the European Union, and therefore France, to balance its monetary strength with the United States. It should help us adjust to the development of China.
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There are 20 million unemployed and what does the Constitution offer us in the Europe of 25, 27 and soon to be 30: policies of unrestricted competition to the detriment of production, wages, research and innovation.
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This assumes an upward revision of the European Budget, which is precisely what Jacques Chirac refuses to do. On the contrary, he has demanded a reduction.
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This revision of the Constitution will not be perfect. But at least the Constitution will not be inflexible. It will be a step towards the Social Europe which we wish.
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We on the left who are pro-European and Internationalist wish to unite the peoples under a social model.
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