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German chancellor pushes for end to strife over EU constitution

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged the adoption of a "roadmap" for a new European Union constitution at the bloc's summit next week, but cautioned that "a solution is not yet in sight" to the current strife over the new charter.

"We want to take a clear step forward next week, we want to agree upon a roadmap," Merkel told German parliament, adding, however, that there was still no solution to objections to proposed changes of voting rules.