Creeping re-nationalisation threatens EU: Fischer

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10 June 2005, BERLIN - German foreign minister Joschka Fischer warned on Friday that rejection of the European Union constitution could lead to a tide of rising nationalism on the continent.

10 June 2005

BERLIN - German foreign minister Joschka Fischer warned on Friday that rejection of the European Union constitution could lead to a tide of rising nationalism on the continent.

Fischer, in a book titled 'The Return of History', says an expanded European Union (EU) of 25 member states cannot function without the constitution which earlier this month was rejected by voters in the bloc's founder states of France and the Netherlands.

All 25 members must approve the treaty for it to enter into force.

"This will lead to a de facto blockade of further integration ... and strengthen forces pulling the member states away from the axis - a development which could be highly dangerous in a big EU," said Fischer.

Fischer predicted the EU could split into smaller sub-groups which could lead to long-lasting rivalry within the bloc.

"There would no longer be an integrationist core or a Europe of varying speeds but rather merely a lifeboat," Fischer said, adding that he feared a "creeping re-nationalisation" of Europe's politics.

DPA

Subject: German news

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