Warning that EU is determined to pursue closer links
INGRID MELANDER IN STRASBOURG
23 May 2007
A VANGUARD of European Union members could move ahead with closer integration if EU leaders fail to agree next month on a new treaty.
Prime Minister Romano Prodi appealed to the 27 leaders to reach a deal at a summit on 21-22 June preserving the key features of the EU's stalled 2004 constitution, rejected by French and Dutch voters.
Those reforms include a long-term president of the EU, a foreign minister, a more democratic voting system and a bigger say for national parliaments in European affairs, as well as removing national vetoes on justice and police co-operation.
Poland, Britain and the Czech Republic all have reservations about the constitution and want it severely cut back.
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