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Press optimistic after Irish 'Yes'

"Yes" campaigners celebrate the result of the EU Lisbon Treaty outside Dublin Castle, Ireland
Irish voters gave the Lisbon Treaty overwhelming support

The strong "Yes" vote in the second Irish referendum on the EU's Lisbon Treaty dominates the headlines across Europe.

There are expressions of relief that the EU may finally be ready to embark on institutional reforms. Ireland had rejected the treaty in June 2008.

But many commentators point out that Czech President Vaclav Klaus - a Eurosceptic - still has to decide whether to sign the treaty.

IRELAND

IRISH TIMES

The victory of the "No" side last year did inestimable damage both to Ireland's reputation and its interests. The "Yes" victory will do a lot to restore both in the long term, but it will take time.

THE INDEPENDENT

Unleashing the latest exchequer figures on an unsuspecting public was clearly a cunning stunt by the [Irish] Government aimed at making us all run for the relative safety of Europe.... No wonder, as a country, we ran off with a charming Spanish waiter this weekend. Our anger at the Government's incompetence did not cause us to vote "No," it caused us to vote "Yes".

FRANCE

LE FIGARO

The force of Ireland's "Yes" ought, logically, to sweep away the remaining obstacles to the Treaty of Lisbon coming into force. The resistance of one man, however determined, cannot stand in the way of the will that has now been expressed by 500 million Europeans. Against the desire of his government and his people Czech President Vaclav Klaus... would like to take the treaty hostage and await the arrival in power of Britain's Conservatives.

LA REPUBLIQUE DES PYRENEES

The treaty's coming into force now depends only on the signature of the Polish and the Czech presidents, both Europhobic, while their parliaments have voted for ratification. It's scarcely likely they would go as far as a rejection, which would be a sort of abuse of their authority.

PARIS NORMANDIE

The handover of presidents every six months is at an end. The council will have a stable president, appointed for two-and-a-half years. Similarly, Europe is to have a super-ambassador, a "high representative for foreign policy"... A big thank you to the Irish. Lisbon isn't Eldorado, but at least our common history goes on."

GERMANY

WELT AM SONNTAG

Europe now needs strong leadership... Even if it displeases the smaller countries, the Council President and High Representative should be politicians from the large countries, with experience on the international stage and the ability to discuss matters with the leaders of the United States, China, and Russia at the same level. In any case, "think big!" should be the slogan in this league.

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

British Conservative leader David Cameron will have to get through an entire week of the annual Conservative Party conference from Monday without being able to give a clear answer to what he will do next year when he will have to live with Lisbon... The British are confused enough as it is, without having to rethink old issues such as replacing the pound with the euro. The Irish "Yes" could become contagious.

SPAIN

EL MUNDO

Europe is breathing a sigh of relief following the victory of the "Yes" vote in the Irish referendum... firstly because it practically clears the path to progress in EU integration and secondly because - however incredible it may seem - there was no Plan B... Another rejection by the Irish like that of a year ago would have sentenced it to death, causing political paralysis in Europe.

ABC

The new Europe of the Lisbon Treaty will be more efficient, because it will be harder for a single country to obstruct an overall agreement, and more democratic, albeit at the cost of increasing the power of the larger countries.

CZECH REPUBLIC

LIDOVE NOVINY

The EU is waiting and does not want to irritate the politician in whose hands its future lies... This is [Vaclav] Klaus's moment of glory... as now everybody from New York to Moscow will listen to the arguments of the man for whom the EU has no Plan B.

MLADA FRONTA DNES

The quick repeating of referenda until the voters say "Yes" denies the principle of plebiscites... I'm not saying that President Klaus should not sign the Lisbon Treaty, but the pressure that was exerted on the Irish, the British Conservatives and... on the Czech and Polish presidents, is a mockery of democracy.

MLADA FRONTA DNES

Vaclav Klaus... is now facing a crucial dilemma, as he may either sign the treaty against his conviction or refuse to do so, thus becoming a prophet calling in a desert... Maybe Europe is really a cruel behemoth, a fabulous giant monster, as Klaus describes it. However, being a prophet is not among the president's constitutional rights.

HOSPODARSKE NOVINY

Not even the Eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus can halt "Lisbon" - he can at best delay it. However, after the Lisbon Treaty comes into force, individual member states will have fewer opportunities to push through their own opinions and will more often have to accept the will of the majority.

FINLAND

KALEVA

It is absurd if an essential reform of the EU's structures depends on one person... There is still a major risk of the union drifting into a kind of legal interim phase where it cannot really start anything. The storm that was threatening the EU has eased off with Ireland, but has not left the horizon.

PORTUGAL

DIARIO DE NOTICIAS

Second time lucky - the Irish have resuscitated the Lisbon Treaty with 67.1% for and 32.9% against, in a referendum where Europragmatism appears to have beaten Euroscepticism because of the economic crisis.

ITALY

LA REPUBBLICA

The global recession was the reason why so many "no" votes changed into "yes" votes. Ireland understood that Europe is a lifeboat to cling to in difficult times and decided to hold it tightly.

SLOVENIA

VECER

It was a good day for Europe... Czech President Klaus will be put under pressure by Brussels, as well as by two states hoping to become EU members - Iceland and Croatia. So the situation is all against one, one against all.

DNEVNIK

The EU must go on... We were all anxiously waiting for Ireland, but now the entire EU talks about Klaus, a lord from Prague, who is playing on Europe's nerves.

DELO

The outcome of the Irish Lisbon Treaty vote is good for the EU, but the problem is that the EU did not respect the voters' will, as expressed in the first referendum.

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