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2nd Jun 2020

Stoiber rejects European Constitution

The German Christian Democrats are divided over the new European Constitution that was presented by the Convention last Friday.

While the CDU party seems prepared to endorse the draft, Bavarian prime minister and CSU leader, Edmund Stoiber said he would not be ready to ratify the paper in the German Bundestag as it stands, according to German media reports.

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  • The CONVENTION presented the European Constitution on Friday 13 June. A new disputed instrument will make it possible for the European Council to introduce qualified majority voting in all areas without changing the treaties further. (Photo: EUobserver)

Mr Stoiber is in particular concerned that the Union will gain competencies to co-ordinate labour market, tax- and social policies.

"Through the backdoor it could lead to the regulation of influx of asylum seekers to the labour market by EU majority decisions," he told the Financial Times Deutschland.

Edmund Stoiber warned against the transfer of substantial competences to Brussels and pointed to the so-called "pasarelle-clause", which was added to the Constitution in the last negotiation rounds.

This new instrument makes it possible for the European Council, by a unanimous decision, to introduce qualified majority voting in all areas without changing the treaties further.

"This, the Parliament must take a closer look at. I am curious to see how the Bundestag reacts to this," Mr Stoiber said.

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