When one has such learned predecessors, representing the two powerful institutions, who give such a balanced view of the Treaty of Amsterdam (or “Amsterdam Treaty”), what more can a simple parliamentarian say? I think my first comment would be, Amsterdam--yes, the worst has been avoided. I think that this comment is an honest compliment to the efforts of my predecessors during the Intergovernmental Conference (“IGC”). The outcome could have been much worse.
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst,
An Appraisal of the Treaty of Amsterdam from the Perspective of a Member of the European Parliament,
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