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Please find attached this monthly issue of "The European Constitution newsletter" your online-review of recent published working papers, documents and other material of interest concerning the constitutional process compiled by the PhD Programme: European Union of the University of Zaragoza. The summary also contains material which has been uploaded regarding former steps in this process and references to articles published in specialized journals, for reasons of publisher rights we are not able to provide access to the full text.
Please note that some of the links might have changed since the publication of this newsletter.

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New Pages:

The Lisbon Treaty - Ratification

New Links

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) - Dossier regarding the Lisbon Treaty (German) (HTML)

Real Instituto Elcano - Dossier regarding the Lisbon Treaty (HTML)

New Analysis

Martí Sempere, C. (2008), La Agencia Europea de Defensa tras el Tratado de Lisboa, Real Instituto Elcano, ARI Nº 33/2008. (Spanish) (HTML)

Institute for European Politics (IEP) (ed.) (2008), EU-27 Watch, no. 6, March 2008. (PDF)

Sutherland, P. (2008), Fog in Westminster, Europe Cut Off, The Federal Trust, European Essay No. 41. (PDF)

Juncos, A.E. (2008), Co-ordination of the EU's External Action - An Ongoing Problem, The Federal trust, European Policy Brief, March 2008. (PDF)

Bacquias, J. (2008), Freedom, security and justice: the new Lisbon (Treaty) agenda, EPC Policy Brief, 29.02.2008. (PDF)

Papier, H.J. (2008), Europas Neue Nüchternheit: Der Vertrag von Lissabon, speech at the Humboldt-University Berlin, 21.02.2008. (German) (PDF)

New Documents

German Bundestag (2008), Gespräch mit Sachverständigen zum Vertrag von Lissabon, 10.03.2008. (German) (video - Real Player)

German Bundestag (2008), Expertengespräch zur Vorbereitung der Ratifizierung des Vertrages von Lissabon zum Themenbereich "Raum der Freiheit, der Sicherheit und des Rechts", 05.03.2008. (German) (video - Real Player)

German Bundestag (2008), Vertrag von Lissabon und Gemeinsame Außen- und Innenpolitik/Europäische Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik, 20.02.2008. (German) (video - Real Player)

House of Commons, The Treaty of Lisbon: amendments to the Treaty on European
, research paper 08/09, 24.01.2008. (PDF)

House of Commons, Foreign Affairs Committee (2008), Foreign Policy Aspects of the Lisbon Treaty, Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence, 20.01.2008. (PDF)

House of Commons (2008) Debate on the European Union (Amendment) Bill, 05.03.2008. (HTML)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2008), Consolidated Texts of the EU Treaties as amended by the Treaty of Lisbon, London. (PDF)



25.03.2008 Polish PM confident of ratifying Lisbon Treaty, EUbusiness.com

Poland's liberal prime minister and conservative president expressed confidence Thursday that parliament will back the EU Lisbon reform treaty, dismissing opposition threats to block it.

25.03.2008 Portugal to ratify EU's Lisbon Treaty next month: parliament, EUbusiness.com

Portugal's national assembly will vote to ratify the European Union's Treaty of Lisbon on April 23, a parliamentary group announced Tuesday.

25.03.2008 Bulgarian parliament ratifies EU treaty, EUobserver.com

Bulgaria, one of the EU's most recent member states, on Friday became the sixth country to ratify the EU's Lisbon treaty.

14.03.2008 Merkel to travel to Ireland for EU treaty vote, EUobserver.com

German chancellor Angela Merkel is to travel to Ireland next month to help persuade Irish citizens to vote yes in the country's referendum on the EU treaty.

12.03.2008 Ireland to hold EU treaty referendum in June, EUobserver.com

The Irish government has indicated that the country's highly anticipated referendum on the EU treaty is to take place in the second week of June. The Irish media are suggesting it will probably fall on 12 June. Meanwhile, the British House of Commons has passed the treaty.

10.03.2008 German constitutional court to decide on EU treaty complaint, EUobserver.com

Germany's highest court is to decide upon a complaint brought by a German MP against the EU's latest treaty. Meanwhile Ireland is set to come under even more scrutiny as the only country certain to have a referendum on the treaty following the UK's failed referendum bid last week.

06.03.2008 UK referendum bid defeated, EUobserver.com

The UK's parliament has rejected a call for referendum on the new EU's Lisbon treaty, a move representing a victory for Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown which has argued in the face of bitter opposition that there should not be a public poll. Britain is now expected to ratify the treaty in parliament by summer.



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