- 06-14-03 European Union Completes Its Constitution (Independent)
"The European Union's first constitution was finally published yesterday. Almost 16 months of work on revamping Europe's creaking structures concluded with champagne and a rendition of Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy'." The draft must still be approved to be final.
"The French Foreign Minister, Dominique de Villepin, said the draft would make Europe a key player on the world stage. Britain's government representative, Peter Hain, described it as 'a foundation for a modern, more democratic Europe, better anchored to its nation states and more accountable to its citizens'." 6-03
- 12-13-03 European Summit Breaks Down (BBC News)
"European Union leaders have failed to reach agreement on a constitution at a crucial summit in Brussels."
"The talks broke down over the voting rights states will have after the EU expands from 10 to 25 members in May."
"Poland and Spain insisted on keeping the voting rights already secured, while France and Germany want a system to reflect their bigger populations." 12-03