Europe needs a convention to prepare new EU constitution – Renate Künast

Renate Künast demands a convent to form a EU constitution (CC Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung)

Renate Künast demands a convention to form a EU constitution (CC Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung)

German top politician Renate Künast has demanded to form a convention to work on a new EU constitution.

Not only politicians but environmental activists, trade unionists and companies should take part in the talks, Künast, the chairwoman of the The Greens parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, said in a panel discussion at the London School of Economics and Politics.

“We can only take the next step, if everybody has a say”, Mrs Künast added.

The convention model was also used to produce a draft constitution for the European Union, which was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005. The convention’s members were drawn from the European Parliament, the European Commission, national parliament and governments, but did not include activists and trade unionists.

The SPD’s Dr Henning Meyer replied that at the moment not even treaty changes seem realistic, let alone a new constitution process.