Poll says Germans support EU constitution as parliament prepares to vote

[JURIST] Fifty-nine percent of Germans are in favor of the new EU Constitution [text] according to a new Infratest poll released just days before the Bundestag [official website, in English], the lower house of the German parliament, votes on the pact Thursday. There will be a second vote in the German upper house, the Bundesrat [official website, in English] later in May. Only 15 percent of respondents told pollsters they were wary of the Constitution, and would not vote for it in the event of a referendum. The admittance of new states into the European Union, such as Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria, has caused some concerns for German conservatives [Deutsche Welle report, in English], who worry that the addition of those countries may put pressure on German jobs. Despite these concerns, the constitution is expected to pass the lower house easily and most German politicians are currently focusing on a pro-constitution campaign in France, where German and French politicians are working together [JURIST report] to garner more public support for the agreement, which must be approved by all 25 EU member states before it takes effect. Deutsche Welle has more.

 

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