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Polish president: signing EU treaty pointless

The Polish president, Lech Lech (lĕkh), river, c.175 mi (280 km) long, rising in Vorarlberg, W Austria, and flowing NE into S Germany past Augsburg to the Danube River. The Wertach River is its chief tributary.  Kaczynski, today dealt another blow to the troubled European Union's reform treaty, claiming that signing it would be "pointless" because of Ireland's no vote last month.

The Lisbon treaty, which is aimed at reforming cumbersome EU institutions, has to be ratified rat·i·fy  
tr.v. rat·i·fied, rat·i·fy·ing, rat·i·fies
To approve and give formal sanction to; confirm. See Synonyms at approve.
 by all 27 countries of the union.

Poland's parliament approved the document in April, but Kaczynski also needs to sign it off.

Speaking to the Polish daily newspaper Dziennik, Kaczynski suggested signing the treaty was futile.

"This is now pointless. But it is difficult to say how this whole thing will end," he told Reuters.

He compared Europe's current dilemma to the crisis following the French and Dutch rejections of the previous European constitution in 2005.

But Kaczynski added: "The bloc functioned, functions and will go on functioning. It's not perfect but such a complicated structure cannot be perfect."

His comments come on the opening day of the French presidency of the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the

European Community
. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is determined to salvage salvage, in maritime law, the compensation that the owner must pay for having his vessel or cargo saved from peril, such as shipwreck, fire, or capture by an enemy. Salvage is awarded only when the party making the rescue was under no legal obligation to do so.  the treaty.

He is planning to travel to Dublin later this month in an attempt to placate pla·cate  
tr.v. pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing, pla·cates
To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease. See Synonyms at pacify.
 Irish voters' concerns.
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