The European Union: An Authoritarian Body with a Humanitarian Face

The Treaty of Lisbon — drafted as a replacement to the 2005 Constitutional Treaty and signed in 2007 by the leaders of the 27 European Union member states — describes itself as an agreement to “reform the functioning of the European Union… [it] sets out humanitarian assistance as a specific Commission competence.”

What the Lisbon Treaty actually created, however, was an authoritarian political system that infringes on human and political rights.

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