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Austria aims to revive EU constitution


Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel says he will push for fresh discussions on the EU constitution during his country’s presidency.

The EU Commission, headed by Portugal’s Jose Manuel Barroso, is in Vienna today to discuss an agenda for Austria’s six-month tenure. Both French and Dutch voters rejected a draft EU constitution in referenda last year. “A new constitution would be much better than the patchwork conglomerate of all those texts we have right now. This would be much simpler, much better and a much more effective Europe,” said Mr Schuessel. Schuessel echoed comments by German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has said Germany will lead fresh calls for a ratification. Merkel has said she can see the matter being resolved in 2007, when Germany’s presidency of the EU begins.
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