Bundestag approves EU Constitution
Friday, May 13, 2005
The Constitution still needs to be passed through the Bundesrat, the upper house, before it is officially ratified by Germany.
The overwhelming support did not come as a surprise, since Germany, one of the founders of the pact, is one of the biggest EU supporters amongst all members. The German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, was quoted by Der Spiegel as saying: "Whoever wants more democracy in Europe must vote for the constitution." The Bundesrat is expected to pass the Constitution with similar ease on May 27.
All 25 Union members must ratify the European Constitution before it takes effect.
- Honor Mahony. "Germany ratifies Constitution" — , May 12, 2005
- "Germany's Parliament Approves EU Constitution" — , May 12, 2005