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Irish president signs EU reform treaty into law
Associated Press
2009-10-16 02:30 PM
Irish President Mary McAleese has signed the European Union's reform treaty into law two weeks after voters overwhelmingly approved the complex document on the second try.

The Lisbon Treaty has now been ratified by 26 EU members. The lone holdout is the Czech Republic, where the Euro-skeptic president, Vaclav Klaus, is refusing to sign it pending a legal challenge this month.

Ireland was the only EU member that required the treaty to be approved in a referendum. The Irish voted no last year, amid fears of losing control of their tax rates, neutrality and family law as well as Ireland's seat on the European Commission.

After the EU guaranteed the seat and reaffirmed Ireland's sovereignty, the Irish mounted a second vote Oct. 2 and 67.1 percent said yes.

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