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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.

Mario Koelling
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New Analysis

Donnelly, B. (2008), British reactions to the Irish Referendum, The Federal Trust, Policy Commentary. (PDF)

Padoa-Schioppa, T. (2008), The European Union's acid test, Proposition Notre Europe European Steering Committee, 7-8 November 2008. (PDF)

Institute for European Politics (2008), EU-27 Watch No. 7, September 2008. (PDF)

Fernández Sola, N. (2008), El Servicio de Acción Exterior de la Unión Europea, Real Instituto Elcano, DT 46/2008, 10/11/2008. (HTML)

Parkes, R. (2008), A Retrospective UK Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty? : David Cameron and the Big Fight, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

Pech, L. (2008), The referendum in Ireland to ratify the European Treaties : obligatory or tradition, Robert Schuman Foundation, European Issues n. 115. (HTML)

O’Brennan, J. (2008), Ireland and the Lisbon Treaty: Quo Vadis?, CEPS Policy Briefs, No. 176. (PDF)

von Ondarza, N. (2008), Die EU-Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik im Schatten der Ungewissheit Bestandsaufnahme und Optionen nach dem irischen Nein zum Lissabonner Vertrag, SWP-Studie 2008/S 27. (PDF) (German)

Vogel, S. (2008), Zur Europäischen Bürgerinitiative, in: Julia Lieb; Andreas Maurer; Nicolai von Ondarza (Ed.), Der Vertrag von Lissabon, SWP. (PDF) (German)


New documents:

Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic (2008), Decision regarding the treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, Pl. ÚS 19/08. (HTML)

President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus (2008), speech at the Constitutional Court Proceedings on the Lisbon Treaty. (HTML)

Houses of the Oireachtas, Sub-Committee on Ireland’s Future in the European Union (2008), Ireland’s future in the European Union: Challenges, Issues and Options, November 2008. (Word)




28.11.2008 Irish report backs second vote on EU treaty, EUobserver.com
A second referendum on a modified Lisbon treaty is the main option for Ireland, according to a report submitted by an cross-party group of deputies in the country's parliament. The EU's French presidency is expecting a deal on the issue at the December summit of the bloc's leaders.

27.11.2008 France sees December deal to end EU treaty impasse, EUbusiness.com
France's Europe minister said Thursday he was confident a deal would be reached in December to break the EU deadlock over a reform treaty rejected by Irish voters.

26.11.2008 Czech court green-lights EU Lisbon Treaty, EUobserver.com
The Czech constitutional court has unanimously ruled that the disputed parts of the Lisbon Treaty are in line with the Czech constitution but the judges admitted they did not analyse the treaty as a whole, sparking speculations that the issue could be raised again by its critics in the country.

21.11.2008 Lisbon treaty storms through Swedish parliament, EUobserver.com
The Swedish parliament late on Thursday adopted the Lisbon treaty by a sweeping majority, becoming the 23rd EU country to ratify the text.

13.11.2008 Sarkozy loses chance to promote Lisbon Treaty in Poland, EUbusiness.com
Nicolas Sarkozy will not meet his Polish counterpart in December, an official said on Thursday, dealing a blow to the French president's hope of using the event to persuade Poland to sign the Lisbon Treaty.

12.11.2008 EU assembly to slim down without Lisbon treaty, EUobserver.com
With the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty set at the very least to be delayed if not yet abandoned, the European Parliament is likely to be elected according to the existing EU rules, a development despised by most MEPs, as it means the union's only directly elected institution will have fewer powers and members than originally projected.



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