Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Constitutional Debate in Taiwan: Model for EU

The new constitutional arrangements of Taiwan are being debated with much furore in Taiwan - by politicians, as well as mere voters.

Unlike in Europe, fullblooded parliamentary debate is seen as a perfectly normal accompaniment to proposals for major constitutional change, and mainstream politicians, rather than presenting a "united front" openly embrace conflicting viewpoints, which they articulate with a view to persuading their electorates.

Much material here for the EU's chiefs to ponder. And all the more reason to cherish the democracy of Taiwan, and to desist from offering comfort to Taiwan's mortal enemies, the current Chinese regime, by lifting the embargo on European arms, with which Taiwanese democracy and freedom could so easily be crushed.

Taiwan News Online

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