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German Opposition Questions Romania's EU Bid

17 April 2005 -- Germany's opposition conservatives questioned today whether Romania is ready to join the European Union as planned in 2007.

Christian Democrat European affairs spokesman Peter Hintze said German ratification of Romania's accession treaty will not be possible unless Bucharest addresses shortcoming highlighted in a recent EU report. The accession treaty is due to be signed with the bloc on 25 April.

Hintze said the Christian Democrats have doubts about accepting Romania into the EU.

Approval of Romania's accession would require a two-thirds majority in parliament, which would be impossible to obtain without opposition support.

The EU has previously warned Romania about wide-ranging corruption, failings in its judicial system and restrictions on freedom of the press.