The popularity of Chirac and Schroeder plummeted. German Opposition already cautiously raises the question of Germany's refusal to ratify the European Constitution. President of Germany Horst Kohler has refused to sign the law on ratification of the Constitution because of the lawsuit to the Constitutional Court, submitted deputy of the cdu Gauvaylerom Peter, who believes that the Constitution should be ratified by a referendum. Thus, the German opposition moved the camp eurosceptic. Meanwhile, early elections can be held in Germany in September of this year and opinion polls tipped Schroeder defeated a crushing score that, of course, does not increase the chances of adoption of the Constitution. But the crisis is caused not only domain internal causes, and reckless expansion of the European Union, but also by external factors.
Constantly growing economic power of China sooner or later make the developed Western countries to develop a new tactic in the face China's economic threat. The Chinese economy has the potential to reach 50% of the world. China can easily get around five times as inferior to him in the United States population. Therefore, it is possible that the U.S. and Europe can go for closer forms of integration in order to compensate for the rise of Chinese power. Therefore, the European Union can not be held as an independent superpower and can be absorbed by a larger entity, the conditional 'West', which will include the United States, Canada, Europe and (pofantaziruem) Russia. However, the U.S. and Europe can make the 800 millionth entity, capable of virtually equal to confront China with its 1.3 billion population. In the meantime, The eu faces a number of possible paths of development.