Europe Rises Up Against ACTA
by George Washington
The widespread protests against the anti-democracy bill ACTA by the Polish people have forced Poland‚Äôs prime minister to stall ‚Äď or perhaps even back out ‚Äď of the treaty. As TechDirt notes:
Following the growing protests about ACTA in Europe, as well as signs of US meddling, Poland‚Äôs prime minister is making it clear that Poland will not ratify ACTA for the time being, leading to speculation that the EU may not actually join ACTA.
Tusk‚Äôs backtracking could spell the end of ACTA for the entire European Union. If Poland or any other EU member state, or the European Parliament itself, fails to ratify the document, it becomes null and void across the union. As it stands, there are already five member countries that have not even signed ACTA.
‚ÄúI share the opinions of those who from the beginning said that consultations were not complete,‚ÄĚ Tusk said, according to a report in Wirtualna Polska. The 54-year-old prime minister added that a Polish rejection of ACTA is now on the table, and admitted that he had previously approached the agreement from a ‚Äú20th century‚ÄĚ perspective, due to his age.