Saturday, December 16, 2006

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It has been a difficult couple of years for the European Union. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, soon to take over the rotating EU presidency, wants to re-invent the club. She got off to a good start on Thursday in Brussels. (SPIEGEL ONLINE)

The expectations for the Germans are high -- despite the best efforts of Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to dampen them. After the French and Dutch rejections of the EU constitution during referenda held in the spring of 2005, the EU chose to grant itself a period of reflection. With Germany's presidency, however, that period is coming to an end. The controversial constitution has been lying on the shelf for a year and a half now, and Merkel has said she wants to bring it back to life. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso upped the pressure once more on Thursday evening, pointing out before dinner that significant development is required.



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