All 25 European leaders meeting at a two day summit in Brussels will try to work out whether it’s worth giving it another shot after voters in France and the Netherlands rejected the proposed constitution in referendums last year. Countries in favour of the constitution say it’s crucial in order to make decision-making in the vastly enlarged EU quicker and more efficient.
There is one key reason the Constitution may make a comeback: Germany under its new leader Angela Merkel and the new Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi – a former EU Commission President – both back the project. One idea being suggested is removing the word “constitution” entirely from whatever emerges from the drawing board to win over European citizens. While countries such as Britain are reluctant to bring up the debate again so soon, 15 EU countries have already ratified the treaty.