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Sarkozy visits Ireland to revive EU treaty

Promising to listen rather than lecture, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France arrived here on Monday, seeking to revive a European Union reform treaty Ireland’s voters rejected last month. The Lisbon Treaty, which aims to streamline European Union institutions, must be approved by all 27 nations in the bloc. Alone among the member states, Ireland put the matter to a referendum, as its Constitution required. But when 53 percent of voters rejected the measure on June 12, Ireland, a country of 4 million, derailed plans for a pact that would have covered almost 500 million people. Full Story

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