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May 2005

Belgium

May 23: Belgian parliament ratifies EU constitution - The Chamber of Deputies gave its 'blessing' to the constitution on Thursday. Read more...

The Netherlands

May 20: Massive "no" in The Netherlands - 54% is bound and determined to vote no on the EU Constitution Read more...

Spain

May 19: Spain concludes European Constitution ratification process - The Spanish Senate ratified the Treaty on Wednesday. Read more...

United Kingdom

May 18: British No campaign on EU constitution kicks off - Right- and left-wing groups in the UK have joined forces for the anti-EU constitution campaign. Read more...

The Netherlands

May 17: 'No' gains ground in the Netherlands - in spite of the government’s attempts to achieve the opposite. Read more...

France

May 17: Official Constitution drive starts in France - the rules governing access to broadcast media started at midnight Sunday night. Read more...

The Netherlands

May 16: Dutch support for constitution decreasing - 55% of those who plan to vote will say "no" Read more...

France

May 16: Official French EU referendum campaign opens - and polls continue to show the two sides neck-and-neck. Read more...

Overview

May 13: Six down, 19 to go - ratifications of the treaty across Europe. Read more...

Germany

May 13: German parliament approves EU constitution - in a move it hoped would persuade French voters to approve the treaty. Read more...

France

May 12: Blow to Chirac's Yes campaign - as Mrs Mitterrand calls for a 'No' vote. Read more...

Germany

May 12: Bundestag set to back EU constitution - in a move designed to send a signal of support to the French Yes campaign. Read more...

Slovakia

May 11: Slovakia's parliament ratifies EU Constitution - though over the past few months country has seen only a lukewarm debate on the charter, mostly among politicians and experts. Read more...

Austria

May 11: Austrian lower house ratifies EU Constitution - In total 182 MPs voted in favour while one voted against, Austrian media reports. Read more...

Latvia

May 11: Latvian parliament to vote on linguistically faulty EU constitution - The Latvian government handed the European Union constitutional treaty to parliament. Read more...

France

May 11: Misuse of funds claim in French EU Constitution row - Twenty-two lawmakers asked France to suspend millions of euros in public funds used to promote the charter. Read more...

The Netherlands

May 11: Dutch step up campaign for Yes vote on constitution - In contrast to the fiery and high-profile campaign in France, the referendum has largely failed to capture public attention in the Netherlands. Read more...

Slovakia

May 11: Slovak parliament to vote on EU Constitution - The document is expected to pass despite a 60-percent majority required for approval. Read more...

The Netherlands

May 10: 'No' to EU constitution will harm Netherlands reputation - threatens Dutch PM Balkenende. Read more...

France/The Netherlands

May 10: Constitution debates underway - While pressure before the French and Dutch referendums is looming, some countries are still debating how to ratify the treaty. Read more...

Czech Republic

May 9: How desperate one can be - Margot Wallstrom argued that politicians who resisted pooling national sovereignty risked a return to Nazi horrors of the 1930s and 1940s. Read more...

The Netherlands

May 9: Dutch PM uses WWII fete to plug EU constitution - Jan Peter Balkenende used commemorations Sunday marking the end of World War II in Europe to plug the EU constitution. Read more...

United Kingdom

May 9: Blair exit is in the hands French voters - A referendum campaign being fought in a Caribbean island paradise could have a direct impact on when Tony Blair quits as Prime Minister. Read more...

Estonia

May 6: Estonia sends EU constitution for ratification - The Estonian government sent the European Union constitution to parliament for ratification. Read more...

Brussels

May 6: No "plan B" in EU should new constitution fail - European Parliament President Josep Borell on Thursday said that the European Union had "no plan B" ready in case a member country failed to ratify the bloc's constitution. Read more...

Ireland

May 6: Dublin considers curbing referendums on EU issues - The Irish government is considering amending the national constitution to allow for major future changes to EU rules to be made without a referendum. Read more...

France

May 5: French 'yes' and 'no' camps neck and neck ahead of EU constitution vote - The poll by the Ifop agency showed that if the referendum were held next Sunday, the result would be 50-50. Read more...

Germany

May 4: German intellectuals in French vote appeal - German intellectuals have joined forces in speaking out in favour of the European Constitution ahead of France's vote. Read more...

Sweden

May 3: Sweden's ruling party in battle over EU poll - Individual members of Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats have launched a new initiative to force the party to call for a referendum on the EU constitution. Read more...

France

May 3: Grand old men of French left boost 'yes' vote - The entry of French left-wing heavyweights such as Jacques Delors and Lionel Jospin into the campaign has given the 'yes' vote a boost. Read more...