Berlusconi pulls out of Barcelona EU summit

10th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 February 2005, ROME - Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has cancelled a visit to Barcelona where he was due to have talks with his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and other European leaders.

10 February 2005

ROME - Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has cancelled a visit to Barcelona where he was due to have talks with his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and other European leaders.

Berlusconi, who is 68, was due to travel to Barcelona on Friday for a meeting to support a "yes" vote in Spain's referendum on the proposed EU constitution treaty.

The Italian premier has been sick since the weekend, and forced to cancel most engagements, including a meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday.

Zapatero will host the summit with the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and France's president Jaques Chirac.

On 20 February,  Spain will become the first EU member to hold a referendum on the constitution treaty, which has to be ratified by all 20 member states before it can come into force.

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Subject: Spanish news

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