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The EU reels after the Irish vote "no" to the Lisbon treaty. Britain worries that the vote could pave the way to a two-speed Europe. Plus, Nato's sex symbol

By Manneken Pis   July 2008

There’s no plan B

In the run-up to the rejection of the Lisbon treaty in Ireland, European leaders were fond of saying that there was no plan B in the event of a “no” vote. That was because the treaty itself was a plan B, thrown together after the European constitution was rejected by voters in France and the Netherlands in 2005. After that double rebuff, European leaders spent months sifting through the wreckage of the constitution to separate all the practical reforms from the elements that suggested a nation-building enterprise such as a European flag and anthem. Concrete changes were…

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