- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 27, 2006

POLAND

Sainthood on track for John Paul II

KRAKOW — Pope Benedict XVI, making sentimental stops in his predecessor’s homeland, brought joy to Poles by announcing that he hopes John Paul II will be made a saint “in the near future.”

But the presence of a boyhood friend of the late pontiff touched another memory — the painful history of Poland’s Jews.

EUROPEAN UNION

Hopes voiced for constitution rescue

VIENNA, Austria — EU foreign ministers insisted a proposed constitution rejected a year ago by French and Dutch voters can be revived.

“The treaty is not dead,” said Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, stressing that 15 EU states representing 60 percent of European citizens had already ratified it.

He spoke amid two days of talks on the 25-nation bloc’s future in a monastery at Klosterneuburg overlooking the Danube just north of Vienna.

A new poll showed yesterday that 68 percent of the Dutch would vote against it if a second referendum were held today, compared with the 62 percent rejection rate of last year’s vote.

RUSSIA

Envoy tries again to solve Iran crisis

TEHRAN — A Russian envoy was headed to Iran yesterday for talks on Tehran’s nuclear program, with the international community still unable to reach consensus on how to tackle the crisis.

Russian National Security Council chief Igor Ivanov was expected to hold talks today with Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani.

His trip follows a meeting this week of senior officials from Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States — the five permanent U.N. Security Council members — as well as Germany, which failed to break an impasse on how to deal with Iran.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Museum honors Freud’s beginnings

PRAGUE — Four descendants of the father of psychology, Sigmund Freud, attended the official opening yesterday of a museum in the house in the eastern Czech town of Pribor, where Freud was born 150 years ago, the CTK news agency reported yesterday.

Freud was born in the house, a stone’s throw from the main square, in 1856. His parents moved after three years, settling in Vienna, Austria, where Freud spent most of the rest of his life.

The opening of the museum in Pribor marks a series of commemorations of Freud, not only in the Czech Republic — where his work was suppressed during the communist era — but also in Vienna and London, where he fled from the Nazis in 1938.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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