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New German chancellor wants to revive EU constitution

[JURIST] New German chancellor Angela Merkel [official website in German; campaign website; BBC profile] said Wednesday that she plans to revive the European constitution [JURIST news archive], on hold since French and Dutch voters rejected the charter [JURIST reports] earlier this year. While indicating that the charter will be at the top of her agenda when Berlin assumes the EU presidency [current UK presidency website] in 2007, the first woman chancellor said Germany will "not be pushing too hard" for the charter's adoption, but will rather "wait for things to happen first." Merkel also said the German government does not want to split up the constitution but seeks ratification of the charter as a whole. EUobserver has more.

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