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German president clears way to OK Lisbon treaty

German president clears way to OK Lisbon treaty

German President Horst Koehler's office says he has cleared the way for Berlin to complete its ratification of the European Union's reform treaty.
Koehler's office said Wednesday that he has signed accompanying laws that were necessary for the so-called Lisbon Treaty to take effect. That means he can sign Germany's ratification document Friday.
German lawmakers have long since approved the treaty itself but Koehler held off signing it into law pending a legal challenge. The country's highest court demanded changes to accompanying laws that govern the rights of the German parliament.
Parliament completed those changes earlier this month. The supreme court dismissed complaints that the treaty hands too much power to Brussels.

Updated : 2022-05-29 01:10 GMT+08:00