Dutch leader nixed summit of six EU founders

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3 June 2005, BERLIN - A German bid to call an emergency summit of the six European Union founder states this week after voters in France and the Netherlands rejected the EU constitution was torpedoed by Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende, an official confirmed on Friday.

3 June 2005

BERLIN - A German bid to call an emergency summit of the six European Union founder states this week after voters in France and the Netherlands rejected the EU constitution was torpedoed by Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende, an official confirmed on Friday.

Five of the states which founded the EU - Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg - had wanted to hold the meeting, but Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's chief spokesman, Bela Anda, said Balkenende had turned down the idea.

"One can only comment on this decision with understanding," Anda said.

The EU constitution was rejected in a French referendum last Sunday and in a Dutch vote on Wednesday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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