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EU constitution approved by German lower house

[JURIST] Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag [official website, in English], approved the European Constitution [text] Thursday by a 569-23 vote. The Constitution next heads to the Bundesrat [official website, in English], Germany's upper house, where it is also expected to pass. A poll conducted earlier this week showed that 59 percent of Germans support the EU pact [JURIST report]. German approval is thought likely to encourage French support of the Constitution in France's upcoming May 29 referendum. Bloomberg has more.

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