The EU leaders last month together removed the November 2006 deadline for ratification of the constitution, which is designed to allow the enlarged bloc to function smoothly. A period of reflection was suggested.Two rejections and 12 approvals is the ratification tally so far, Spain greenlighting the charter by referendum, the others in their parliaments. Following Luxembourg, Belgium and Estonia say they’ll hold polls this year. Eight others have postponed their decision, Britain suspending it.Among the touchiest aspects of the text are: What people think about social protection in Europe, in the face of moves to liberalise competition; different-size countries’ relative weights in voting procedures; and provisions for further enlargement of the Union.
EU Constitution ratification line-up