The EU Reform Treaty: In the Words of Europe’s Leaders

“The substance of the Constitution is preserved. That is a fact.”
(Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, Telegraph, 29 June 2007)

“We have not let a single substantial point of the Constitutional Treaty go… It is, without a doubt, much more than a treaty. This is a project of foundational character, a treaty for a new Europe.”
(Jose Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister, speech, 27 June 2007)

“90 per cent of it is still there… these changes haven’t made any dramatic change to the substance of what was agreed back in 2004.”
(Bertie Ahern, Irish Taoiseach, Irish Independent, 24 June 2007)

“Only cosmetic changes have been made and the basic document remains the same.”
(Vaclav Klaus, Czech President, Guardian, 13 June 2007)

“There’s nothing from the original institutional package that has been changed.”
(Astrid Flors, Finnish Europe Minister, TV-Nytt, 23 June 2007)

“The good thing is… that all the symbolic elements are gone, and that which really matters - the core - is left.”
(Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister, Jyllands-Posten, 25 June 2007)

“The original Treaty for a Constitution was maintained in substance.”
((Austrian government website, 25 June 2007)

The new treaty “takes up the most important elements of the Constitutional Treaty.”
(Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister, Agence Europe, 24 June 2007)

“As for our conditions… I outlined four red lines with respect to the text of the Constitution: to keep a permanent president of the EU, to keep the single overseer for foreign policy and a common diplomatic service, to keep the extension of majority voting, to keep the single legal personality of the Union. All of this has stayed.”
(Romano Prodi, Italian Prime Minister, La Republica, 24 June 2007)

“The substance has been preserved from Luxemburg’s point of view.”
(Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg Prime Minister, Agence Europe, 24 June 2007)

“This text is, in fact, a rerun of a great part of the substance of the Constitutional Treaty.”
(Valery Giscard d’Estaing, author of the EU Constitution, Telegraph, 27 June 2007)

“The European Parliament welcomes the fact that the mandate safeguards the substance of the Constitutional Treaty.”
(European Parliament resolution, 10 July 2007)

“It’s essentially the same proposal as the old Constitution.”
(Margot Wallstrom, EU Commissioner, Svenska Dagbladet, 26 June 2007)

“The Constitutional Treaty has been abandoned.”
(David Milliband, British Foreign Secretary, Hansard, 3 July 2007)

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