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Portugal supports Sarkozy over short EU treaty

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Portugal supports Sarkozy over short EU treaty


Moving another step closer to a consensus… Portugal’s prime minister has said he agrees with the idea of a simplified treaty for the European Union, to get it out of its institutional impasse.

Jose Socrates was meeting new French President Nicolas Sarkosy in Paris. The host has adopted a ‘slimline treaty’ as a top priority. Last week Spain added its voice to this approach, increasing the prospects for some sort of deal to be struck at the EU summit less than three weeks away.

Socrates said: “I hope that at the Council meeting there will be a clear mandate, so that Europe can attain a compromise during the Portuguese presidency, for a treaty that reinforces Europe.”

Lisbon takes up the EU presidency after Berlin, at the end of this month. Sarkozy has denied suggestions that France has drawn up a draft text and said that was up to Germany.

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