EU needs pro-constitution French vote: Fischer

12th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 April 2005, Rennes - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer on Monday warned of a possible disintegration of the European Union should France reject the Union's proposed constitution in an upcoming referendum.

12 April 2005

Rennes - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer on Monday warned of a possible disintegration of the European Union should France reject the Union's proposed constitution in an upcoming referendum.

Speaking in the northern French city of Rennes, Fischer said the future of Europe depended on the outcome of France's 29 May referendum.

"One has to say 'yes', for if we remain at the Treaty of Nice it will be the end of the European Union," the German minister said.

Together with his French counterpart Michel Barnier, Fischer warned against voting from domestic political considerations, adding that "the life of Europe is at stake".

Barnier added that social protests and the controversial question of the possible EU entry of Turkey should not be mingled with the constitution question.

The French minister expressed unease that polls show constitution opponents had a majority of between 52 and 55 percent.

DPA

Subject: German news

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