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European Commission chief expects no EU constitution for at least two years

[JURIST] European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso [official profile] told reporters in Brussels Wednesday that he does not expect a European constitution [JURIST news archive] for another two to three years. While referendum failures in France [JURIST report] and the Netherlands [JURIST report] led to a June EU "crisis summit" [press release regarding agenda] and a "period of reflection", Barroso said "There hasn't been much reflection so far." He added, however, "That . . . should not be a source of paralysis for Europe" and vowed to push ahead with economic reforms, security improvements, and environmental protection. EU leaders are scheduled to meet in Britain next month to discuss developments and new initiatives with respect to the EU constitution. BBC News has more; Reuters offers additional coverage.

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