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What it Means to Change the EU Treaty

Standard & Poors' threat to cut credit ratings across the euro zone has rung alarm bells and may help French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel force changes to the European Union treaty at a summit this week.Here are details of what some EU nations would have to do to enable changes to the Lisbon Treaty:* AUSTRIA: - Any EU treaty changes that require amendments to Austria's constitution would have to be adopted with a two-thirds majority in parliament. Officials have said any move toward creating a fiscal union in the EU would trigger a referendum.- Parliament ratified the Lisbon Treaty in April 2007.* BELGIUM: - A treaty change of the magnitude of the Lisbon Treaty needs to be approved by 9 parliamentary bodies.- A spokesman for the Belgian federal parliament said that in the past this complexity had not been an issue as both the Lisbon treaty and the European constitutional treaty, which was later blocked by referendums in France and the Netherlands, were ...

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