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Czech premier hears Merkel's ideas on EU treaty

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Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek was the latest visitor to the German Chancellor’s residence as efforts to resolve the EU’s Constitution quandary gather pace. It will be the focus of a sumit next week and Angela Merkel is spearheading a drive to reach a consensus on the problematic pact.

The Czech Republic backs Poland’s demands for a redistribution of the voting rights entailed in the treaty. The Constitution is intended to reform the bloc’s institutions.

Yesterday Merkel hosted Polish President
Lech Kaczynski. He believes the current voting arrangements give too much power to big countries, Germany in particular.

The next step is a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg to prepare the ground for the summit starting on Thursday. Diplomats are still hopeful of a compromise.