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The Content section will provide news, quotes and background materials refering to the topic of the EU Constitution. The time-table will give you an overview about the current status concerning the referendums on the Constitution.


No real ratification of EU Constitution

Courts blocking the EU Constitution

Slovakia: Despite a request from Slovakia's constitutional court to wait, the Slovakian President has decided to sign the EU Constitution. The court is currently deciding on a motion, submitted by Slovak citizens, who argue that Slovak voters, not parliament, should have the power to determine ratification via a national referendum. The parliament approved the Constitution earlier this year (26. July 2005).

The Slovak Constitutional court has suspended the ratification of the EU Constitution after accepting a complaint by 13 Slovak citizens which argued that ratification without a referendum was a breach of their constitutional rights (15. July 2005).

In Luxembourg a lawyer has filed a lawsuit to get the result of the country’s referendum on the EU Constitution annulled. He argues that Luxembourg’s constitution was violated by the refusal to give the no campaign any public money. The lawyer, Roy Reding, claimed public funding was used illegally in support of the ‘Yes’ campaign and that the government's adverts on the EU Constitution "consisted entirely of psychological manipulation of the voter" and “absolutely no information content". He also alleges that Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Jean Claude Juncker asked for changes to the television adverts (17. August 2005).

And also in Germany the Constitution still isn't ratified. The lawsuit filed by Peter Gauweiler, a CSU politician is still going on. Bundespräsident Horst Köhler refuses to complete ratification by signing the document unless the German supreme court did not approve its constitutionality.