The French and then the Dutch have outright refused to join the EU this past week. I say good for them. Centralized government has done few favors to mankind, and they are fortunate to have rejected it for now.
It all brings up an odd point, though. What if Chirac and other pro EU politicians just continue to hold elections until they get the "right" vote? Yet once they get such a vote, will they hold elections to see if they stay in the EU? It seems like a "once in, always in" kind of deal.
This seems to make a mockery of the idea of "consent of the governed". People argue the US functions that way, yet it would seem that people of the 13 colonies over 200 years ago had the only "consent" that mattered, and ever since the ratification no consent has been asked for, and no removal of that consent has been allowed. What kind of consent is that, anyhow? Get one majority vote at one point in history, and then hold all subsequent generations hostage to the opinion of this one group of voters? Ridiculous.