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  Luxembourgian referendum on the European Constitution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Luxembourg referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe is a referendum that was held on 10 July 2005 to decide whether Luxembourg should ratify the proposed Constitution of the European Union.
It was the second referendum with a vote in favor of the EU treaty (after Spain) and the first referendum since the French and the Dutch voters rejected the EU treaty.
Luxembourg is traditionally regarded as one of the EU's most enthusiastic member states, and most prominent political figures support the Constitution, with both the governing coalition and the main opposition parties campaigning for a 'yes' vote.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Luxembourgish_referendum_on_the_European_Constitution   (276 words)

 Dutch referendum on the European Constitution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On 1 June 2005 a consultative referendum was held in the Netherlands to ask whether the country should ratify the proposed Constitution of the European Union.
The vote was the first national referendum in over two hundred years, and was not binding on the government, meaning that despite the electorate rejecting the Constitution it could theoretically still be ratified by the Estates-General.
At the time of the referendum, the Netherlands' centre-right coalition government, led by Jan Peter Balkenende, was suffering a period of unpopularity as it tried to push through cuts in public spending, and there was widespread disillusion with the country's political elite.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dutch_referendum_on_the_European_Constitution   (1043 words)

 French referendum on the European Constitution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On 29 May 2005 a referendum was held in France to decide whether the country should ratify the proposed Constitution of the European Union.
France was the first country to reject the Constitution, and the second country to go to the polls in a referendum on ratification, after a Spanish referendum approved the treaty by a wide margin in February 2005.
Another factor in the defeat of the Constitution may have been the linking of the Constitution in the minds of voters with the possibility of the accession of Turkey to the European Union, with which most of the French population disagrees.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/French_referendum_on_the_European_Constitution   (1179 words)

 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : European constitution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Polish referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe was a referendum expected to be held on in October 2005 to decide whether Poland should ratify the proposed Constitution of the European Union.
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski has said that a referendum on the Constitution may be combined with presidential elections in October 2005.
On March 12, 2005, the prime minister of Portugal, José Sócrates said that he would seek to have the Constitution of Portugal amended to allow that a referendum on the proposed Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe be held on October 2005 alongside the municipal elections taking place at that time.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /European_constitution   (460 words)

 European Union - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe (TCE), commonly referred to as the European Constitution, is an international treaty intended to create a constitution for the European Union.
Supporters of the European Union argue that the growth of the EU is a force for peace and democracy.
The European Communities are one of the three pillars of the European Union, being both the most important pillar and the only one to operate primarily through supranational institutions.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/European_Union   (6123 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Luxembourg says yes to European constitution
Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg prime minister who had threatened to resign if the Grand Duchy had voted the same way, emerged triumphant after the constitution was approved by 56.52% to 43.48%.
The Luxembourg prime minister earlier concluded that the French and Dutch no votes were not a rejection of the constitution but were motivated by other concerns.
Luxembourg is also a founding member, and its position sandwiched between France, Germany and Belgium, gives the Grand Duchy a special place in the hearts of European federalists who believe the EU has prevented war in western Europe.
www.guardian.co.uk /international/story/0,3604,1525591,00.html   (647 words)

 Europe: european constitution, a bumpy road after the Spanish referendum
The European Constitution, a treaty that reforms the rules that hold the European Union together on economic, foreign and common defence policy, will be put to the vote in 10 referendums across Europe in the next 18 months.
The focal points of the European constitution treaty for Europe’s elite are not the incorporation of the European Union’s Charter of Rights, which describes the rights and freedoms of every citizen of Europe, nor is it the passing reference to a "social Europe".
In that sense the European constitution represents a legal framework for an imperialist EU block an an attempt to overcome the rivalry between the different European ruling classes in the pursuit of their specific interests on the world stage.
www.socialistworld.net /eng/2005/03/01europe.html   (2620 words)

The Prime Minister, who was also President of the European Union at the time called for an extension of the ratification process in the Member States in order for political leaders to take the time to sound out their populations and to explain to them the content of the Constitutional Treaty.
Those in favour of the European Constitution are mainly to be found amongst executives and liberal professions, opponents being greater in number amongst employees, workers and the young.
The enlargement of the European Union is the primary reason why people will be voting “no”; seven opponents to the European treaty in ten say they are about to vote “no” because they believe that the Union has grown too quickly and without them having understood the consequences of this change.
www.robert-schuman.org /anglais/oee/luxembourg/rederendum/default2.htm   (1163 words)

 The World Factbook 2004 -- Field Listing - Background
A referendum to change Australia's status, from a commonwealth headed by the British monarch to an independent republic, was defeated in 1999.
Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs.
European power struggles immersed the country in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945.
www.brainyatlas.com /fields/2028.html   (15472 words)

 A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union --S--
Of the other institutions, Luxembourg plays host to the European Court of Justice, the European Investment Bank and the Court of Auditors; Frankfurt houses the European Central Bank; Brussels is the seat for the Commission and the Council of Ministers; and other lesser offices or agencies are spread around various cities.
She for her part doubtless wished the EC to concentrate on the task of organising a transparent internal market and accepted that a degree of supranational control was indispensable to that end, little suspecting that the enhanced role of QMV would prove to be the thin end of a giant wedge.
The Danish referendum's rejection of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 led to a protestation by the European Council that subsidiarity was a genuine principle and 'excessive centralisation' was not Europe's intention.
www.euro-know.org /dictionary/s.html   (9861 words)

 HISTORICAL EVENTS - 1998—2005 European unification - A Constitution for Europe - The Constitutional Treaty of 29 ...
Part II of the Constitutional Treaty consists of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which was drafted by a separate Convention as from December 1999 and solemnly proclaimed at the Nice European Council (December 2000) by the Council, the Commission and Parliament.
Part III of the Constitutional Treaty, which is by far the most voluminous, is devoted to the policies conducted by the Union and their scope, and to the functioning of the institutions in regard to them.
The European Council, after consulting the European Parliament and the Commission, may adopt, by a simple majority (for this is a question of procedure), a decision in favour of examining the proposed amendments.
www.ena.lu /europe/25-europe/luxembourg-constitution-figaro-2005.htm   (8713 words)

The Chamber of Luxembourg Representatives will vote a first time before the referendum on the Constitution that it is due to approve by a wide majority.
Hence more than half of them know (57%) that the Constitution provides the European Union with a Foreign Affairs Minister, 40% also know that one million citizens can ask the Commission to submit a legislative proposal on a given subject and that even the president of the European Council is not elected by the citizens.
The 25 will review the situation and future of the ratification of the European Constitution in the various Member States (ten countries have already ratified the text, two have rejected it by referendum) and will have to come to an agreement on the future European budget for the years 2007-2013.
www.robert-schuman.org /anglais/oee/luxembourg/rederendum   (1111 words)

 BBC NEWS | Politics | Blair confirms EU constitution poll
Tony Blair says a referendum is to be held on the new European constitution - but he has not named the date for a poll.
A referendum on a constitution would be the first major gauge of public opinion on the EU since the 1975 referendum on whether Britain should stay in the Common Market.
The prime minister spent much of his statement attacking the "myths" surrounding the EU constitution, such as the Queen being removed as head of state or Britons being forced to drive on the right.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk_politics/3640949.stm   (811 words)

 Belgium - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Belgium
Country in Western Europe, bounded to the north by the Netherlands, to the northwest by the North Sea, to the south and west by France, and to the east by Luxembourg and Germany.
The election of Leopold of Saxe-Coburg (widower of Charlotte, daughter of George IV of England) as King Leopold I was the signal for a fresh Dutch invasion.
In general and European elections held in June, significant gains were made by Greens, liberals and far-right parties, forcing the departure of Europe's longest-serving prime minister, Jean-Luc Dehaene.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Belgium   (4427 words)

 Initial results suggest Yes vote in Luxembourg referendum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Luxembourg - Early indicators from Luxembourg's referendum on the European Union constitution suggest that voters have approved the much maligned treaty which has already been rejected by the French and Dutch.
With 60 per cent of the votes counted within two hours of polling stations closing, 58 per cent of voters were in favour of the constitution while 42 per cent opposed it.
Luxembourg decided to proceed with the planned ballot despite agreement by member states at last month's E.U. summit to take a year-long cooling off period in an effort to alleviate the growing crisis over the constitution.
news.monstersandcritics.com /europe/printer_1032699.php   (200 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Q&A: The European constitution
In its new areas, it strengthens the role of the European parliament, giving it an equal say to the council of ministers (the main intergovernmental body) on decisions put to a majority vote, increases the scope of national parliaments to revise European law and establishes a European diplomatic corps.
Spanish voters approved the constitution in February on a 42% turnout, and referendums are also due to be held in Denmark, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Luxembourg and Portugal.
Germany, which approved the constitution, is barred from holding referendums by its postwar constitution, while, for other countries, parliamentary ratification is simply seen as the safer option.
www.guardian.co.uk /eu/story/0,7369,1482635,00.html   (1392 words)

 Luxembourg Political Parties Back European Constitution Referendum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Luxembourg's political parties have decided to go ahead with a planned July 10 referendum on the European constitution, despite recent French and Dutch "no" votes.
Other supporters of the referendum thought it should go ahead to give the people their proper voice in the decision.
Luxembourg holds the rotating EU presidency, and at the EU summit last week Mr.
quickstart.clari.net /voa/art/fc/2005-06-20-voa35.html   (356 words)

 Referendum on E.U. Constitution begins in Luxembourg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Luxembourg - A referendum on the European Union constitution got underway Sunday morning in Luxembourg, the first since the treaty was rejected by voters in France and the Netherlands.
The referendum is not officially binding, but all parties have agreed to respect the result.
The most recent poll taken four weeks ago showed 46 per cent of voters in the Grand Duchy in favour of the constitution with 38 per cent against.
news.monstersandcritics.com /europe/printer_1032608.php   (129 words)

 Luxembourg to Vote on European Union Constitution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Luxembourg voters will cast ballots Sunday in a referendum on the European Union's troubled constitution.
French and Dutch voters rejected the constitution in referendums, placing the future of the pact in doubt.
EU leaders put the constitution issue on hold at a meeting last month in response to the rejections.
quickstart.clari.net /voa/art/hn/2005-07-09-voa34.html   (144 words)

 Gambia Health and Education Liaison Project
A new constitution was approved by public referendum in 1996 during the presidency of military leader Yahya Jammeh.
Under this constitution a popularly elected president serves as head of state for a five-year term.
European countries and the United States objected to these maneuvers and pressed the military regime to restore democracy.
www.gambiahelp.org /facts.html   (2618 words)

 EU Referendum
Despite her measured tones, Winterton was effectively accusing the government is so obsessed with European integration that it was neglecting the combat army and sending troops to their deaths for want of the right equipment.
One more fly in the ointment is that support generally for the concept of a constitution for the EU has slightly decreased since the last survey in the autumn 2005 (61 percent, -2), coming back to the level reached in spring 2005.
Other European leaders, such as Tony Blair, get insulted routinely in newspapers in many countries but do not seem to let it affect them too much, particularly if the insults are published in a newspaper few people have heard of.
www.eureferendum.blogspot.com   (14773 words)

 Britain Postpones Vote on European Constitution Referendum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Britain has postponed its planned referendum on the European Union constitution after the treaty was soundly rejected by the people in France and the Netherlands.
European leaders will hold key talks to try and find some way out of the current impasse when they gather in Brussels on June 16 for a crisis summit.
Straw did hold out the prospect, however that a constitutional referendum could still be held sometime in the future.
www.voanews.com /english/2005-06-06-voa15.cfm   (423 words)

 The European Constitution - An Explanatory Guide
The European Constitution was agreed by the Heads of State and Government of the European Union's twenty-five Member States on 18 June 2004 and signed in Rome on 29 October 2004.
Following the French and Dutch referendum results, the June 2005 meeting of the European Heads of State and Government opted for a pause in the ratification process so as to allow time for reflection and debate in each Member State.
The intention is to provide the people of Europe with an opportunity to reflect on the enduring significance of the European Union, not least in the light of the domestic, regional and global challenges faced.
www.europeanconstitution.ie   (275 words)

 European No Campaign: WELCOME
The European No Campaign is a EU-wide cross party network of organisations and individuals, that work together to stop the proposed EU Constitution.
December 20: Next three EU presidencies aim to revive EU Constitution - With the Austrian presidency of the EU and the upcoming German presidency the EU Constitution could be revived.
May 24: Warsaw heads for autumn referendum - The Polish government is keen to hold a referendum on the EU constitution this autumn.
www.europeannocampaign.com   (1523 words)

 JURIST - Paper Chase: BREAKING NEWS - Luxembourg votes Yes in European constitution referendum
Bernard Hibbitts at 11:11 AM ET [JURIST] Luxembourg has voted Yes in Sunday's national referendum on the European constitution, supporting the beleaguered EU treaty by a wide margin of roughly 57%-43%, with all precincts reporting [official referendum website, in French].
This is the first European referendum victory for EU charter supporters since Dutch voters voted No [JURIST report] in early June, and saves the job of Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, who had promised to resign if the pact were defeated.
After the constitution's defeats in Netherlands and France, its ratification deadline has been extended to at least 2007 [JURIST report].
jurist.law.pitt.edu /paperchase/2005/07/breaking-news-luxembourg-votes-yes-in.php   (280 words)

 EUROPA - Constitution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
These pages provide information on the Constitution to a wide range of readers: from those who want it in a short and general form to those looking for a detailed explanation or those in search of graphical downloads.
The present situation is as follows: 15 Member States have already ratified the Constitution for Europe: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
From the "Declaration on the Future of the Union" 2000 in Nice to the signature of the Constitution on 29 October 2004 in Rome: A short overview on the process of elaborating the constitutional Treaty
europa.eu.int /constitution/index_en.htm   (317 words)

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