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Polish and German leaders discuss EU Constitution

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Polish and German leaders discuss EU Constitution


The German Chancellor has been hosting the Polish President as part of a final round of diplomacy ahead of an EU summit on resolving the problem of the stalled European Constitution. Poland, which is pushing for changes to the bloc’s voting rules under the proposed treaty, is one of the biggest obstacles to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s drive to break the deadlock.

But after talks yesterday with Spanish premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, his Polish counterpart, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, hinted that Warsaw may drop its threat to use its veto at the summit next week. The Spanish leader said he was optimistic an agreement could be reached. Poland believes the voting rules in the current text give too much power to big countries, Germany in particular.

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