European Union: German minister calls for new EU constitution
15 March 2012
Despite being rejected in referendums in France and the Netherlands in 2005, Germany is seeking to revive the EU Constitution, writes The Times. Speaking at an informal meeting of foreign ministers in Copenhagen on Friday March 9, Guido Westerwelle, the German Foreign Minister said – according to the London daily – that “a constitution was needed to improve decision-making in the 27-nation European Union and restore its fortunes after the economic crisis.” The Times writes that –
His call received qualified support from France and another eight countries which have agreed to join talks in how to relaunch the project.
The other countries ready to Mr Westerwelle’s plans are, among others, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The Times notes that –
The plan has been criticised as premature by Sweden and Italy’s technocratic government and dismissed by the Foreign Office in London.
According to Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt –
I do not think the priority in the European Union at the moment is to start a new constitutional debate.