EU constitution`s crisis

Europe foundered in its bid to contain the damage over a new &to=http:// 22/101/399/15557_EUvotefrance.html ' target=_blank>EU constitution on Friday as the fate of the euro single currency became increasingly swept up in the crisis engulfing the bloc.

Despite calls for calm after France and the Netherlands rejected the constitution in referendums this week, the language of European Union leaders turned increasingly edgy.

Luxembourg Prime Minister &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Jean-Claude Juncker, whose country holds the EU presidency, spoke of a "big European crisis" if EU leaders failed to agree on a long-term budget this month, tells the Washington Post.

According to Reuters, Juncker also said he would resign as prime minister if the Grand Duchy votes against the constitution in a referendum on July 10, after polls showed support dropping among the 200,000 voters.

He made the comments as EU leaders groped for a way forward after French and Dutch voters decisively rejected the treaty designed to give the enlarged bloc clearer leadership and make decision-making easier.

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