Joschka Fischer, Former German Foreign Minister | July 2, 2008
Ireland's "No" vote primed the way for the EU to leave "the world stage as a serious foreign policy player for at least ten years." ++ While the EU will continue to exist, it will not have the strength to determine its own fate or act with a united European foreign policy. ++ Small and medium sized EU members will loose global influence and EU enlargement will be delayed or stopped. ++ Rather than accepting a blockade, "members favoring political integration should move on, while those satisfied with the Common Market should stay behind."