In a normal democratic system, no matter where in the world, two referenda in a row terminated with two refusals by the people would have caused the Executive to quit. As a matter of fact, such a move would be logical and wishful by now.
Logical, because there must be a reason if people have said “No”. Either the project was not any good, and in that case You are the natural emblem being the President of the European Commission; or the project has not been properly explained. And in this last case, our thinking goes straight to the millions of euros wasted on pointless propaganda; the long-standing lack of European media; the distance of the European institutions, hidden in their glass and steel fortress (the Berlaymont). Either way You must resign.
Such resignation would turn out to be really useful and highly appreciated. By such a gesture you would show that in Brussels people’s complaints are listened to; that Brussels’ institutions have finally realised that it is just about time to stop throwing referenda based on hundreds of pages that NOBODY reads, based on obscure treaties, on worn out debates. Image of countries that use the same currency but hardly communicate with one another. One year ahead before the last day of your mandate comes, your walking out would bring about a crisis in Europe for the sake of accountability. That would be likely to represent the end of your European career. But it would also be a farewell with class in name of democracy. It would be a decisive electroshock that would oblige the EU to turn page…to elect a real Constituent Assembly able to give birth to a real Constitution. Fifteen pages would be fair enough…
Regards from (café)Babel,
In the picture (Photo European Commission), the personal page of President Barroso: when are you going to launch a blog, Mr President?