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EU summit: Hobbled Italy becomes Europe's sick man -

EurActiv, 24 October 2011- French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (23 October) summoned Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to make economic reforms capable of reassuring nervous markets.



EU states to speed up austerity, embrace 'limited' treaty change -

EUobserver, 23 October 2011 - Leaders of the EU's 27 member states met on Sunday (23 October) with little fresh to show in the face of the biggest crisis in the bloc's history, but did back a "limited" change to the EU treaty to deliver stronger economic convergence amongst eurozone countries.



Sarko and Dave: united in Libya, at war in Europe -

The Economist, 23 October 2011 - In a decade’s time, perhaps, the twin European summits on October 23rd may come to be seen as the moment when the 17 countries of the euro zone started to break away from the 10 non-euro states.



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Any European State which respects the values referred to in Article 2 and is committed to promoting them may apply to become a member of the Union. The European Parliament and national Parliaments shall be notified of this application. The applicant State shall address its application to the Council, which shall act unanimously after consulting the Commission and after receiving the assent of the European Parliament, which shall act by an absolute majority of its component members. The conditions of admission and the adjustments to the Treaties on which the Union is founded, which such admission entails, shall be the subject of an agreement between the Member States and the applicant State. This agreement shall be submitted for ratification by all the contracting States in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements. The conditions of eligibility agreed upon by the European Council shall be taken into account.