With Irish commissioner Charlie McCreevy recently conceding that voters in most EU countries would have rejected the treaty, given the opportunity, one wonders what it is that impels our rulers to defy their own people in such an egregious manner.
Power, status, money... simple, really.
When colonialism went into decline at the beginning of the 20th Century European countries had a lot of elites kicking-around for some action. (Germany, whose elite class never had a good foreign Empire, kicked around Poland and France instead.)
The ambitions of this over-populated elite class were found an outlet in the international institutions, and the EU. This gave them status, good money, and kept them occupied - but at a cost of gradually turning Europe into something like colonial India or Africa.
Now we are at a time when these institutions can't really grow any more*, not because there isn't an educated class of elite clones waiting to join them but because they're out of money and ideas.
So they are now resorting to desperate measures to raise funds on pathetic ideological excuses to keep the scam, their power, status and money going.
This cannot long be hidden from the people.
* 1. The industry of designing the laws, and implementing standardised rules on a continental scale cannot be up-scaled much beyond that requiring extra staff.
Exception 1: In the short term, one of the things about the "Climate Change" scam that is popular - in addition to widening the status gap between elites and non-elites - is it provides international institutions an excuse alter job roles in order to retain staff and public funding.
Exception 2: This also applies to immigration and the intractable social problems it causes. Not exactly problems, they are perfect, because there is no perfect law so a great excuse to steal money to fund an institution to represent it and persistently provide failing recommendations to solve the problems.
2. Monitoring, data accumulation and research institutions, such as the OECD and World Tourism Organisation, are ridiculously outdated in the Internet age and are only kept going because nobody has the bottle to pull the plug.
These ridiculous bodies don't need a £250m budget and 2500 employees in Paris, or Madrid. Not just because they duplicate what businesses already do better but because, as far as they say anything useful ever politicians completely ignore them.
3. Beyond extreme fund raising measures, the wealth to pay for all of the above is rapidly running dry.