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22 August 2017 01:42 (South Africa)

Czech court backs Lisbon Treaty for a new EU

The Czech Republic’s Constitutional Court ruled that the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty was compatible with the country’s constitution, leaving the way clear for President Vaclav Klaus finally to sign the treaty to reshape the EU’s governing structures. Klaus said his earlier reluctance had stemmed from concern about the treaty’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, which, he argued, could lead to property claims by Germans who were expelled from the country after World War II. Seventeen senators loyal to Klaus  asked the constitutional court to rule on whether the treaty violated the Czech Republic’s constitution. The court dismissed a similar complaint last year. Read more: New York Times, BBC

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