German policy paper proposes abandoning EU constitution talks Caitlin Price at 6:56 PM ET
[JURIST] A German Presidency policy paper proposing that European Union nations abandon talks on a constitutional treaty [JURIST news archive] circulated Wednesday, just prior to Thursday's summit meeting of European Council [EU Council press release] in Brussels. Last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website], the summit chair, expressed doubts [JURIST report] that the meeting would see any progress beyond a road map to an eventual European constitution. The Wednesday paper, which said that the treaty concept was "abandoned," conceded several key points of dispute, including a provision allowing nations to decline to enforce EU criminal law policies. Germany also proposed having no EU foreign minister and increasing the ability of national parliaments to overrule EU laws.
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