With a sigh of relief we can report that German government has finished the ratification process of the Treaty of Lisbon. Now it is up to Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic to ratify the treaty.
We have numerous reports about the possible delay of the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon in the Czech Republic (Grahnlaw, Independent.ie). Strangely enough, Euractiv says “there is no plan B”. Well, there should be one.
No one can legally force the Czech Republic to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon before November, 1st. I have already pointed out that is unthinkable to appoint the European Commission under the rules of the Treaty of Lisbon if it has not entered into force on November, 1st.
All in all we will probably have a European Commission appointed under the Treaty of Nice. Whether this will be a temporary solution (as Grahnlaw suggests) is not so clear to me.