In the wake of the accord over the budget, another dram of Christmas cheer comes in the form of an EU-wide survey finding that more and more Europeans are in favour of a common constitution! On average, 63% of EU citizens want a charter; the increase (by nine and seven points, to 62% and 67%, respectively) since the last such poll, in the spring, was most notable for the French and the Dutch. Now around two thirds of them support it.
Their voters rejected a proposed EU constitution earlier this year.
European Commission vice-president in charge of communication strategy, Margot Wallström: “I think this is a good basis for what we can do later on. And apparently there is an interest in a constitution, and many of the citizens think also that an amended proposal might be acceptable.”
Fourteen of the 25 EU states have already ratified the charter, most through their parliaments. The leaders agreed in June on a long “period of reflection” after the French and Dutch rejections.