Will Chancellor Merkel cure EU paralysis?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised President Barroso to break the deadlock on the EU’s failed constitution when both leaders met in Berlin on 11 October.

Chancellor Merkel presented the Commission President with the broad ambitions of her government’s six months at the helm of the European Union. She re-iterated her commitment to present a clear roadmap to revive the European Constitution, which went into a political coma after two failed popular referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005. The German Chancellor wants to have an EU Constitution before the next European elections in 2009.

Merkel explictly rejected any ideas to implement parts of the existing draft Constitution.

Other priorities of the German Presidency are:

  • a common energy policy;
  • job creation and economic growth; and,
  • better regulation.

Commission President José Manuel Barroso met the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel on 11 October to discuss Germany's upcoming EU Presidency. After the meeting, Barroso told reporters that the atmosphere in the cabinet is excellent, raising a few eyebrowes as most Germany experts are seeing rising tensions between Merkel's CDU/CSU and its SPD partner.

  • Germany will take over the EU Presidency from Finland on 1 January 2007.

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