For Reding and the EU-niks, the establishment of a supreme EU justice system is cause for celebration. But it is also further evidence of the eroding sovereignty of nations and the receding practice of democracy. It certainly tears the paper promise that former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair once said provided an "opt-out" clause for the nation from the EU charter. That clause, as the European Commission's recent report demonstrates, is meaningless.
"Senior British judges have warned that the EU charter has already taken hold in Britain by stealth," the Telegraph reported. They are "concerned that European judges" -- with no accountability to British voters or institutions - "are using the charter to make binding rulings when making judgments on Britain's implementation of EU legislation." That EU legislation, the Telegraph further noted, "accounts for up to 50 percent of British laws."
This staggeringly high percentage of laws imposed on the citizens of Britain (and other countries in the EU as well) makes a mockery of a democratic people. Indeed, how can they still be considered "free"? Meanwhile, Reding herself has claimed in an interview that 75 or 80 percent of the laws in every EU member-state originate as EU "directives."
Welcome to the evolving "United States of Europe" -- an entity hailed by Reding and her comrades. According to the Telegraph, Reding sees this increased use of the EU charter "as a step toward a European 'Bill of Rights' along the lines of America's Constitution."
One difference: Our Constitution was ratified by the states. This thing is the creation of an unaccountable, unelected and decidedly un-democratic EU bureaucracy headquartered in Brussels.
For anti-EU politicians, or "Euroskeptics," such developments aren't just cause for outrage. They may be the cause that takes them to prominence in next month's European Parliament elections -- a development that could some day lead to key nations breaking free of Brussels' central control. In the U.K., for example, Nigel Farage and his anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) are expected to do extremely well. In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders' Party for Freedom (PVV), running to take the Netherlands out of the EU, is currently leading in the polls.
All of which is a long way of saying "European values" aren't what they used to be. And that means the contest for Ukraine isn't really about one nation's "independence" or "sovereignty" on either side.