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Austria skeptical of EU Constitution consensus

[JURIST] After European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels Thursday to discuss the future of the EU Constitution [text; JURIST news archive], Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik [official EU profile] has expressed doubt that a solution to the current impasse will be ready by a June summit on the constitution. Austria currently holds the EU presidency [official website] and has made reconsideration of the constitution one of its goals [JURIST report] for its term.

Prior to the summit, other European leaders met to discuss plans to revive the constitution [JURIST report]. Rejections of the document from France [JURIST report] and the Netherlands [JURIST report] last year had brought the debate to a standstill, despite its approval by 12 other European countries [BBC report]. EUObserver.com has more.

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