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Show Europeans Europe's merits and constitutional approval will follow - Merkel

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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to revive the floundering EU constitution. But, she told the Bundestag parliament in Berlin, first the 25-nation bloc needed to convince its people it was working to provide for their economic and social
security.

She said the German EU presidency would deal with it. That will be in the first half of next year.

“But,” she added, “because interests differ, I am against acting too quickly, which could backfire. I would rather we think thoroughly about how we can make a constition a success. I want it, the German government wants it and I think a majority of this parliament wants it too.”

German opposition leaders who spoke after Merkel said the ratification process could not be re-started until the treaty had had a radical overhaul.

Earlier this week, Estonia become the 15th country to ratify the constitution.

All 25 members must approve it for the charter to be adopted.