This is a major achievement for Angela Merkel.
Der Spiegel reports that the 50-article charter contains an exhaustive list of well-established rights, such as freedom of speech and religion, and will now be legally binding in the other 26 member states.
However, the BBC reports that Britain has been allowed to opt out of a 50-article charter containing an exhaustive list of well-established rights - from freedom of speech and religion to the right to shelter, education and fair working conditions.
The UK was concerned at the charter's impact on business and its legal system.
Moreover, the charter will not become part of the treaty - it will just be referred to.
On the question of the religious implications for the inclusion of Turkey in the EU, see the recent work of Benoit Challand, a speaker at the recent LSE conference (June 16) on Religion and Politics in the Construction of the EU.
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