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Germany closer to Lisbon ratification

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Germany’s Bundestag lower house of parliament has adopted legislation aimed at finally making it possible to finish ratifying the EU’s Lisbon reform Treaty here. Germany’s highest court had ordered adjustments made to law texts on the EU treaty so they comply with the German constitution. The Bundesrat upper house must still vote.

Ireland’s constitution requires the ratification be put to a referendum. It rejected Lisbon last year. With new sovereignty assurances, the Irish will vote a second time on October 2. Aside from that, the treaty awaits final presidential signing in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. Recent public opinion survey has pointed to weakening Irish enthusiasm for the reform charter. The ‘yes’ camp is emphasising Ireland’s economic reliance on Europe at a time of severe recession. The ‘no’ side is focusing on workers rights. Yet the Irish European Affairs Minister says he is convinced the treaty will win more than 55 percent support.