The European Summit last week was an exceptionally calm affair with European leaders with consensus rubber stamping what their foreign ministers had agreed earlier in the week mainly the unprecedented step of partially freezing
Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, whose country holds the current EU presidency, said all 25 EU states were unanimous in backing the partial suspension of
German Chancellor Angela, a Christian Democrat who strongly opposes Turkish EU membership, insisted, "These are not stricter terms – countries that want to join simply must meet the criteria," said Merkel.
Merkel, who takes over the rotating EU presidency for the first half of 2007, pledged a major push to revive the bloc’s failed constitution. Merkel said the EU had to resolve a crisis over its failed constitution – aimed at streamlining EU decision-making – before taking in any states beyond
"The constitutional treaty and expansion are closely linked," said Merkel, who has vowed to make revival of the constitution a top issue during
According to reliable sources preparing the German presidency ground work, Merkel would opt for a condensed version of the constitution which could be approved in the French and Dutch parliaments without again resorting to a referendum in both countries. Preparing for her bid to resurrect the constitution, Merkel said she had asked each member state to appoint a "Constitution Czar" to report on their respective demands.
A united Europe can achieve success, but a divided