June 9, 1994 |
Citizens of the 12-nation European Union begin voting Friday to elect members to their international Parliament, a body that has recently gained important new powers but remains remote and mysterious to most of its constituents. Elections to the 567-seat European Parliament will start with voting in Britain, Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands. They finish Sunday in the EU's eight other member states.
October 26, 1993
Leaders of the 12 European Community nations meet here Friday ostensibly to celebrate ratification of the Maastricht Treaty--that much-disputed document that commits most of the Continent's rich nations to an economic, monetary and political union by the turn of the century. But behind the photo-op smiles and champagne, all 12 leaders know there is far less to cheer about than meets the eye.
October 13, 1993 |
The final barrier to the controversial treaty on West European economic and political union fell on Tuesday as the highest German court rejected a claim that the accord violated the country's law. Within hours of the ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, German President Richard von Weizsaecker had signed the ratification documents, making Germany the last of the European Community's 12 member nations to formally approve the treaty. The pact is scheduled to take effect Nov.
August 10, 1993 |
Publicly expressing doubts about the European unity timetable for the first time, Chancellor Helmut Kohl warned Monday that such a union is the only way to avoid war on the Continent. In a television interview at the Austrian lake where he is vacationing, Kohl acknowledged the possibility that the 1999 deadline for implementing a single European currency may not be met. But the German leader cautioned against any easing of the Maastricht Treaty guidelines for forming a monetary union.
August 3, 1993 |
The British government formally ratified the Maastricht Treaty on closer European union Monday when it handed over the necessary documents to the Italian Foreign Ministry. They were delivered by Britain's ambassador in Rome. The ratification takes place in Rome because that is where the first treaty setting up the European Community was signed in 1957.
July 26, 1993 |
Prime Minister John Major faced further acrimony within his Conservative Party on Sunday after the press published an off-the-record conversation in which he insulted three Cabinet colleagues. The flap came at the end of a trying week in which Tory rebels joined opposition forces in Parliament to try to derail the Maastricht Treaty on European union. Major had to threaten a national election to restore party discipline and crush the mutiny.