Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria: 'IS'-linked jihadists claim abduction of 55 year-old tourist

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey? (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The Sarkozy soap opera

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey?

Read more

LIFESTYLES

New road trip

Read more

LIFESTYLES

High-tech in France

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Global warming: A drowning planet

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Christian Kastrop, Director of Policy Studies, OECD

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy's political comeback: Did he ever leave?

Read more

Europe

Barroso confident of Irish 'yes' in second Lisbon Treaty vote

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-19

European Commission chief José Manuel Barroso expressed optimism Friday that Ireland would vote 'yes' in a second attempt to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. Ireland's rejection a year ago stymied its advancement.

AFP - European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso voiced confidence Friday that Irish voters would back the EU's Lisbon Treaty in a second referendum after Dublin secured guarantees on sovereignty.
  
"I'm especially pleased that we have agreed the Irish guarantees. This gives the Irish people all the guarantees they need," Barroso told journalists after an EU summit in Brussels.
  
"It gives me all confidence we'll get a 'yes' vote at the Irish referendum."
  
Irish voters rejected the Lisbon Treaty in a first referendum a year ago and another is necessary if Ireland is to ratify it, which all EU countries have to do for it to enter force.
  
Ireland's European partners accepted guarantees affirming the country's military neutrality, taxation system and stance on social issues like abortion in hope that Irish voters would back the treaty the next time around.
  

Date created : 2009-06-19

COMMENT(S)