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By Manneken Pis   June 2004

The final haggle

Perhaps it is pre-match nerves. But as Brussels gets ready for the final big haggle over the constitution in June, the atmosphere is getting worse again. To recap: everybody decided the constitution was doomed after the collapse of the summit in December. Then, following a change of government in Spain and a change of heart in Poland, it was all hunky dory. Agreement, it was thought, was all but guaranteed by the time the Irish presidency ended in June. But suddenly things are looking dodgy again. Most obviously, the promised referendum in Britain puts final ratification of…

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