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Austria ratifies EU constitution

Austria has become the latest member of the European Union to ratify the text of the European constitution. The upper house of parliament backed the treaty two weeks after the lower house gave its unanimous support.

Only three far-right members of the upper house voted against, allowing Austria to become the eighth country to ratify the constitution.

The Austrian government rejected calls by Joerg Haider, leader of a minority bloc in Austria's government, for a referendum on the text.

The ruling People's Party says the constitution will give small nations like Austria greater influence within the EU.

Source: BBC