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Despite a few wobbles, the EU treaty should be signed in October as planned. Whether it will get through the member-state referendums is another question

By Manneken Pis   October 2007

The neverending treaty talks

Will the EU treaty finally be signed off in mid-October, as planned? The ink was hardly dry on June’s text when Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s temperamental prime minister, threatened to reopen the whole deal, insisting there were more issues to settle. Although Poland backed down, new demands have followed, such as a call for a permanent Polish legal adviser at the European court of justice, a privilege currently restricted to Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. By the time EU foreign ministers met in September, other countries had joined in with their demands, raising long-standing, and…

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