Talks on EU Constitution

Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern  in Berlin last night to discuss how to resurrect a new constitution for the European Union.

Reinfeldt expressed his support for the Germans’ efforts to come up with a draft that all 27 EU countries can accept, after voters in the Netherlands and France rejected the proposed constitution in 2005.

After the meeting he said Sweden’s views were heard, and the meeting was part of efforts to get Sweden to play a more constructive role in EU affairs. Germany has held the rotating European Presidency since the beginning of the year and is keen to come up with a new proposal before its six month term comes to an end at the end of June.

Following Thursday’s talks, Angela Merkel said if all countries were like Sweden the job would be easy.