The Hague to join German EU charter talks

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The Netherlands has been invited to join informal talks to discuss a German plan aimed at reviving attempts to draft a new constitution for the European Union, Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad reports.

Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has been invited to join the talks along with a number of other EU colleagues. A new charter will help the EU tackle financial problems and enable the bloc to compete with emerging economies, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said recently.

In 2005, the Netherlands rejected a new EU charter in a referendum, prompting the bloc to adopt the Lisbon Treaty instead. But several member states including Germany regard that treaty as insufficient and would like to endow the EU with a fully-fledged constitution. Mr Rosenthal has voiced caution at the German plan but has indicated he is willing to talk “about everything with everybody.” No date has yet been set for the talks. cl

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