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    empty a provision of the treaty

    Dear all,

    How should I understand the underlined?

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    Eartha

    So the Germans got something close to what they wanted, in the word “indispensable”*. The Brits, too, got something like a commitment that Article 122 would not be used after 2013, but not after some surprisingly strong resistance from the European Commission. The commission's president, José Manuel Barroso, argued that explicitly limiting the scope Article 122 would amount to “emptying a provision of the treaty”. In the end, fudged words on Article 122 will appear in the final communiqué

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    Re: empty a provision of the treaty

    Quote Originally Posted by Eartha View Post
    Dear all,

    How should I understand the underlined?

    Thanks in advance.

    Eartha

    So the Germans got something close to what they wanted, in the word “indispensable”*. The Brits, too, got something like a commitment that Article 122 would not be used after 2013, but not after some surprisingly strong resistance from the European Commission. The commission's president, José Manuel Barroso, argued that explicitly limiting the scope Article 122 would amount to “emptying a provision of the treaty”. In the end, fudged words on Article 122 will appear in the final communiqué
    Barroso could have expressed it better (He sounds Spanish). Dropping a provision from the treaty (which the British wanted, but the rest of the EC didn't) would be more like emptying the treaty of a provision rather than emptying a provision of the treaty. In any case, it's dropping a provision.
    After strong resistance from the rest of EC to dropping the provision, the British got what they wanted.

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    Re: empty a provision of the treaty

    "Emptying the provision" would mean that the words are still there, but in the implementation they have been rendered impotent.

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