European leaders sign Lisbon Treaty
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Today, leaders from the nations of the European Union signed the landmark which is to redefine foreign policy for the EU and creates an EU president. The treaty is a replacement for the which was abandoned after suffering defeats in referendums in France and the Netherlands.
"From this old continent, a new Europe is born," saidPresident . "For the first time, the countries that were once divided by a totalitarian curtain, are now united in support of a common treaty that they had themselves negotiated."
Citing prior obligations for his failure to be in, Brown added his signature later after appearing before the House of Commons in the morning. Critics have claimed he does "not have the guts" to sign and is trying to avoid the political liability of having his name on the document.
Speaking at the ceremony, Portuguese Prime Minister said, "This was the European project that many generations dreamt of and others before us championed, with a vision of the future."
From here, each country will have to
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- Press Release: "Commission welcomes signature of the Treaty of Lisbon and calls for its swift ratification" — European Commission, December 13, 2007