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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.
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The Lisbon Treaty - Ratification

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Amis du traité de Lisbonne (HTML)

New Analysis

Krastev, I. (2008), Europe’s trance of unreality, openDemocracy, June 2008. (HTML)

Barysch, K.; Brady, H. (e. al.) (2008), The CER guide to the French presidency,
Briefing note, July 2008. (PDF)

Seeger, S. (2008), From Referendum Euphoria to Referendum Phobia – How EU Member States Framed Their Decision on the Ratification Procedure of the Constitutional Treaty in Comparison to the Treaty of Lisbon, Center for Applied Policy Research . (PDF)

Chopin, T.; Jamet, J.F. (2008), Can differentiation help to develop community integration (Part 2), Robert Schuman Foundation, European Issues No. 107. (French) (HTML)

Maurer, A.; Schwarzer, D. (2008), Der Schuss vor den Bug - Frankreich muss die Prioritäten seiner EU-Ratspräsidentschaft umgewichten, SWP-Aktuell 2008/A 62, Juli 2008. (German) (PDF)

Closa, C. (2008), After Ireland: Referendum and Unanimity, Real Instituto Elcano, ARI Nº 62/2008, 03/07/2008. (HTML)

Budapest Analyses (2008), The implications of the referendum result, analysis No.197. (HTML)

Chari, R. (2008), Why Did the Irish Reject Lisbon? An Analysis of Referendum Results, Real Instituto Elcano, (ARI 69), 30/6/2008. (HTML)




27.07.2008 Irish strongly oppose second vote on key EU treaty: poll, EUbusiness.com

Nearly three-quarters of Irish voters are against holding a second referendum on the EU's key reform treaty, according to an opinion poll out Sunday.

24.07.2008 Italian Lisbon vote builds pressure on Ireland, EUobserver.com

The Italian senate's unanimous support for the Lisbon treaty on Wednesday (23 July) should help force Ireland into a revote, Italian politicians said, with Ireland looking increasingly likely to stand out as the only EU country not to ratify the text.

21.07.2008 France's Sarkozy denies plans to force new Irish EU vote, EUbusiness.com

French President Nicolas Sarkozy insisted Monday the EU will not force Ireland to vote again after its shock rejection of the bloc's new treaty, as he faced protests in Dublin.

18.07.2008 Britain ratifies beleaguered EU treaty, EUbusiness.com

Britain has formally ratified the European Union's beleaguered new reform treaty, whose future was plunged into doubt when Irish voters rejected it last month, a spokesman said Thursday.

15.07.2008 Polish leader pledges not to block EU treaty, EUobserver.com

Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he will not create "obstacles" to the ratification of the EU's new Lisbon treaty following a chat with French leader Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris. His u-turn comes despite previous suggestions that after rejection of the treaty in Ireland's referendum, it was "pointless" for the president to sign it.

11.07.2008 Most Czechs against ratifying Lisbon Treaty: poll, EUbusiness.com

Opposition to the European Union's Lisbon Treaty has hardened in the Czech Republic with a majority now saying it should not be ratified by parliament, according to a poll released Friday.

07.07.2008 Sarkozy urges Polish president not to block Lisbon treaty, EUobserver.com

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday pressed his Polish counterpart, Lech Kaczynski, to sign the EU's Lisbon Treaty despite Ireland's rejection of the document, which Mr Kaczynski has indicated puts further ratification into question.

02.07.2008 Polish president softens tone on EU treaty, EUobserver.com

Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Tuesday toned down his rhetoric against the Lisbon treaty, with the French EU presidency also downplaying the mini-crisis and analysts saying Mr Kaczynski's stance is a bargaining tool for foreign policy concessions.


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