In an interview with the EUObserver newspaper on 22 October 2008, Commissioner Margot Wallström complains that the Irish referendum campaign on the Lisbon treaty earlier this year included so many 'emotional arguments'. As an example, she mentions that many Irish citizens were frightened into voting No because they assumed that they would have to send their children to an EU army if the Lisbon Treaty was adopted. Commissioner Wallström's remarks suggest that the EU under the Lisbon Treaty has no intention of establishing a common military organisation.
Does the Commission consider that the Irish voters misunderstood the text of the Treaty, and can thus rest assured that their sons and daughters will not need to serve in an EU army if the Lisbon Treaty enters into force? Can the Commission guarantee that Sweden's policy of non-alignment will endure even if the Lisbon Treaty enters into force?