30 OCT 2010
A Franco-German proposal to sanction eurozone budget sinners by stripping them of their EU voting rights faces massive opposition from other countries in the bloc, it emerged after a two-day summit in Brussels on Friday (29 October).
EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy avoided giving a direct answer when asked by EurActiv after the summit to comment on the divisive voting rights issue, which has been vigorously pushed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (see 'Background').
But European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, who was standing beside him, set the record straight, stating that the mandate given to Van Rompuy excluded "any kind of suspension of voting rights in this revision of the Treaty".
Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, meanwhile, said opposition to the Franco-German proposal had been "fierce [...] very fierce" during the two-day meeting.
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