The Swedish parliament passed the Lisbon Treaty earlier tonight. Critics argue that the Lisbon Treaty and the new EU constitution means the end of the Swedish welfare model and a large displacement of sovereignty. Proponents argue that the new constitution makes EU more responsive to common problems such as crime, terrorism, financial crisis, climate change and violent conflicts in the periphery. Additionaly they argue that the EU parliament get more power in relation to other EU bodies and that EU will get more transparent and accountable for citizens overall. In either case the passing Treaty is problematic for a number of reasons.

  • The negative result of Ireland’s referendum on the Lisbon treaty should, in accordance with the treaty’s own provisions, have rendered it null and void.
  • The Swedish parliament gives up a lot of its legislative powers to non-elected EU bodies.
  • The Swedish constitution is, against its own stipulations, subordinated to the EU constitution.
  • The EU member states, including Sweden, will be obliged to contribute with military forces to EU. Additionaly EU shall be able to intervene militarily outside of its borders without a UN security council decision. Critiques argue that this is a grave breach with both international law and the Swedish policy of neutrality.
  • The Swedish welfare model will be subordinated to EU labour laws.

But the most problematic issue is perhaps that the Swedish parliament passed the Lisbon treaty without any public debate. And the media treatment of the issue has been negligent at best.






EU Treaty of Lisbon


Henrik Alexandersson


Bo Widegren


Republikens Rösrt i Kungariket

Ingemars Blogg

Gunnar Axén

The Irish Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty