Parliament’s Upper House voted overwhelmingly last week to adopt the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty, one month after it was rejected by Irish voters in a referendum. King Juan Carlos must still sign the treaty, at which point Spain will become the 23rd EU state to ratify it. The Lisbon Treaty must be ratified by all 27 EU member states to come into force. Only Ireland held a referendum. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Spain had shown “unwavering support” for Europe. The treaty is intended to streamline EU decision-making following enlargement of the bloc, creating a new EU president and foreign affairs chief. EU leaders are due to meet in October to hear proposals from Ireland’s prime minister about how to move forward after the “No” vote.


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