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Parliament unaware of EU constitution talks

Published fredag 2 februari 2007 kl 12.19
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is using Germany's presidency of the EU to try to revive the union's stalled constitution

Opposition MPs are criticising the Swedish government for not informing parliament before beginning talks in Germany this week on how the EU constitution could be resurrected.

The Swedish Parliament’s Constitution Committee wasn’t told about the meeting on Wednesday until the day after.

Last month there were calls for a letter on the issue from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to be declassfied. It is thought it outlined Germany’s plans to hold confidential discussions with each EU member state, while the country holds the six month rotating presidency of the union.

The controversial constitution was put on ice in 2005 after voters in Holland and France rejected it in referendums.

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