British special role

The UK has won far-reaching exceptions to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The framework for the future EU treaty, adopted by EU leaders in Brussels early Saturday morning, states that parts of the Charter do not have to be applied in Britain. It also explicitly states that European and British courts cannot invoke the Charter of Fundamental Rights to challenge British laws and regulations. What do the churches in Germany say about this?

The EU heads of state and government want the Charter to become legally binding and to have the same status as the EU treaties. In a supplementary declaration, they emphasize that the Charter does not create any new powers for the EU. The declaration states that the entire social chapter of the Charter of Fundamental Rights is not a right applicable in Great Britain.

Poland also gives explanation Poland also pushed through a declaration on the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the negotiations. As a unilateral declaration by Warsaw, it is now said that the Charter does not affect the right of member states to legislate in the field of public morality, family law, and respect for human physical and moral integrity. This makes it clear that it is not possible to invoke the Charter to challenge national regulations on abortion, equality for same-sex couples or cloning.EU Council President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) expressed satisfaction that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights would become legally binding. Merkel said early Saturday morning that there were "very different ideas and opinions for the individual member states" on this ie.

Church representatives praise compromise Spokesmen for the Catholic and Protestant churches praised the agreement. The Catholic EU bishops' commission COMECE praised the German EU presidency for its decisiveness on the compromise ie. It was possible to maintain the momentum of the EU treaty process and thus lead the EU out of an impasse, COMECE Secretary General Prelate Noel Treanor told the Catholic News Agency (KNA). If the future treaty does indeed establish dialogue with the churches, it will be a recognition of the contribution of the churches to society and to Europe, said the COMECE Secretary General.The head of the EU office of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Oberkirchenratin Sabine von Zanthier, also welcomed the adherence to dialogue with the churches and religious communities. With the planned legally binding nature of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the Union of Values would be made more visible. Moreover, he said, it is good that the preamble of the EU treaty is not completely renounced, but that the cultural, religious and humanistic heritage should be mentioned.

MEP satisfied Leading MEPs from the CDU and SPD welcomed the agreement. CDU MEP Elmar Brok said the compromise makes the EU's path to greater efficiency, democracy and citizens' rights possible. Like Brok, Jo Leinen (SPD), chairman of the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee, welcomed that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will become legally binding in the future.Liberals in the European Parliament called the British exemption to the Charter of Fundamental Rights legally vague and

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