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Leaders Sign EU's First Constitution

European leaders on Friday signed the EU’s first constitution, a diplomatic triumph they hope will give the union a sharper international profile and speed up decision-making in a club now embracing 25 nations. The treaty was the result of 28 months of sometimes acrimonious debate between the 25 EU governments and now faces ratification in national parliaments. At least nine EU nations also plan to put it to a referendum, increasing chances that it may not take effect in 2007 as scheduled. A “no” result in any country would stop the constitution in its tracks.Full Story

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