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Germany approves EU constitution in legislative vote

[JURIST] The proposed European Union Constitution [text; JURIST news archive] received overwhelming legislative approval in Germany Friday. With all but one of Germany's 16 states in support of the constitution, the final "yes" vote in the Bundesrat [official website], the German upper house, was 66 of a possible 69. The state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania [Wikipedia entry] abstained from the vote as a result of opposition from its junior partner in its governing coalition, the ex-communist Party of Democratic Socialism [official website]. German leaders hope the vote will boost French support in time for the Sunday referendum, as polls indicate opponents making up the majority in both France and the Netherlands. All 25 EU countries must approve the constitution for it to take effect. AP has more.

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