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Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The end of the EU constitution

David Klimeš analyses the positions of the EU's most vocal critics: "In this imaginary hit parade of Eurosceptics the Dutch win hands down. The political elite that once supported the original constitution has meekly adopted the views expressed by the nation's citizens in the referendum." On Poland's call for the EU's voting system to be changed he writes: "This is a matter for the larger states, principally for Germany. The populist Kaczynskis want more influence - and are trying to sell this strategy as strengthening democracy within the Union. But the most tragic stance is that of the Czechs. Things that are of secondary importance for other states, such as whether the EU flag or Beethoven's melody are conferred constitutional status, are vitally important political issues for the Czechs."

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