It is a replacement for the EU constitution, which was abandoned following French and Dutch opposition.
EU leaders insist that the two texts are in no way equivalent.
But the Lisbon treaty incorporates some of the draft constitution's key reforms, and several governments face domestic pressure over the document.
...The treaty creates an EU president and a more powerful foreign policy chief.... Removes national vetoes in around 50 policy areas
- THIS TREATY REDUCES GOVERNMENT BY CONSENT AND MAKES THE EU MORE OF A GOVERNMENT BY DECREE.
THAT'S LESS DEMOCRATIC. AND IT'S BAD.