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Finnish PM Rules Out Referendum

Finns will have to trust in their elected officials when it comes to ratifying the new EU Constitution.

Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen has ruled out a referendum in his country on the new EU Constitution. Speaking on Sunday on Finnish Radio, Vanhanen said the European Union would not change so much under the new constitution that a referendum would be needed. Although a number of Finnish politicians have spoken out in favor of a referendum, Vanhanen said he believes a decision by the Finnish Parliament would be enough. Altogether, there are ten EU member states intending to hold polls before ratifying the new EU Constitution. (EUobserver.com)

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