European Constitution finds smooth passage in Slovakia

SLOVAK MPs passed the European Constitutional Treaty without hindrance on May 11, with 116 of 147 MPs voting for the treaty, the daily SME reported.

A total of 27 MPs - from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Slovak Communist Party (KSS), and three independent MPs - voted against the treaty and four abstained from voting.

"We have made one of the biggest decisions," said PM Mikuláš Dzurinda after the vote and thanked all those who supported the document.

During the parliamentary debate prior to the vote, KDH chairman Pavol Hrušovský complained that the document lacks democracy, Christianity and sincerity.

"A lack of democracy threatens Europe, and the smaller countries will be weakened in favour of the larger ones," he said.

During the debate Vladimír Mečiar, the leader of the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, said that he would even welcome the creation of a United States of Europe.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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