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German chancellor to make her mark on Lisbon Treaty

Despite Germany’s hardline stance, it is unlikely any changes to the treaty will require a referendum, writes Gavin Barrett

30th October, 2010
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By any standards, the outcome of last week’s two-day summit of EU leaders in Brussels was remarkable.

Eleven months after the Lisbon Treaty’s entry into force, the EU is engaging in treaty reform yet again. Ireland will soon need to decide whether or not to hold its ninth European referendum since 1972.

The road to last Friday’s outcome stretches back some years. It was always foreseen that European Monetary Union (EMU) would...

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