The debate about the EU constitution is back on track. Last Friday 20 member states met in Madrid to discuss on how to get out of the constitutional dilemma.

The meeting of the ”Friends of the Consitution” was composed of eighteen of the states which have ratified the treaty, plus Portugal and Ireland.

My colleague Inigo Mendez de Vigo and I wrote a column about the constitution in Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest Finnish daily. The content of the artcle was as follows.

We believe that there are five different options on the table.

The first one is to throw the ball back at France and Netherlands. ”It’s your problem, not ours”. This option is a ”no go”.

The second option is to say farewell to the whole constitution. Some would surely favour this one, but we do not like it. The EU needs a constitution.

The third option is to start all over. No thanks. Even if the process would be re-launched the results would not differ much from the current situation.

The fourth option is the so called ’Mini Treaty’. We don’t like this one either. It looks more like a make-up exercise. Treaty would change but the content would be more or less the same.

The fifth option can be called ’Treaty plus’. This would mean the current form of the Constitutional Treaty with some additions. One could, for instance, imagine a protocol on energy, climate change, social Europe and immigration.

We suggest that these four protocols could be implemented with a degree of flexibility. Not everyone has to be involved with everything. 

Let us know what you think?

PS. We are in the process of opening up the English blog for comments. In the meanwhile please do not hesitate to voice your opinion on the Finnish blog.