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Mixed centre-left response on need for EU referendums

As the full scope of the deal reached at the EU summit at the end of last week begins to sink in, centre-left politicians in a number of key member states are of mixed opinions about the agreement, suggesting that endorsements by parliaments will not be an easy task

On Sunday, the French budget minister called for national unity over the issue and warned the opposition Socialists not to delay the legislation required to transpose the EU fiscal deal.

"France has to set the example....

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