German president supports EU constitution

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22 July 2004, ROME - The presidents of Germany and Italy expressed support Thursday for the future EU constitution and urged swift ratification by all states.

22 July 2004

ROME - The presidents of Germany and Italy expressed support Thursday for the future EU constitution and urged swift ratification by all states.

Swift ratification is a "duty for all", said Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who was welcoming his German counterpart Horst Koehler to the Quirinal palace in Rome, the Italian leader's official residence.

Both leaders stressed their engagement in Europe and their support for necessary reform in countries such as Germany and Italy.

"We are both convinced Europeans," said Koehler, a former head of the International Monetary Fund who was sworn in as Germany's new federal president earlier this month.

The economic and technological potential of Europe is not being fully utilised, the German leader said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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