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EU ministers want more reflection on constitution

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A think-tank on how to rescue the stalled European constitution has ended with an apparent agreement that more time is needed to reflect on the way forward.

European Union foreign ministers have been meeting near Vienna to discuss moves to save the charter after France and the Netherlands rejected it last year. European Commission President Jose Manuel Borroso said: “Let’s keep the focus for having an institutional settlement, as soon as possible, among all member states because we need as you know unanimity for this. “At the same time let’s not be closed just in a legal institutional debate, let’s deliver on some projects, on some results that we can show that Europe is moving, Europe is delivering concrete benefits for its citizens.” Finland’s Foreign Minister has said it was a mistake to call the document a constitution, hinting that a new name may be found for it. Even though France and the Netherlands rejected the text, it has been ratified by 15 EU nations.