Ireland Votes to Streamline the European Union
Sixteen months after rejecting the same treaty, voters in Ireland have emphatically accepted the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty — an agreement that gives more power to the European Parliament and creates the position of the president of the European Council.
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Irish voters have strongly endorsed the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty – 16 months after their first vote rejecting it plunged EU reforms into deadlock.
About 67% voted “Yes”, official results from the latest referendum showed. Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen hailed a “clear and resounding” endorsement.
The EU Commission called it a “vote of confidence” in the EU. Nearly all member states have ratified Lisbon.
The treaty is aimed at streamlining decision-making in the 27-nation bloc.
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