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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 Pages:

The Lisbon Treaty - Ratification

New Links

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: The Lisbon Treaty (HTML)

National Forum On Europe (Dublin) (HTML)

New Analysis

Butler, N. (2008), My five ideas for Europe's future, CER Bulletin, Issue 58, February/March 2008. (HTML)

Brady, H. (2008), Bad omens loom over Irish referendum, CER Bulletin, Issue 58, February/March 2008. (HTML)

Corner, M. (2008), A Tale of Two Referendums - The European Union as a model for the 'British Union'?, The Federal Trust, Policy paper. (PDF)

Hofmann, A.; Wessels, W. (2008), Der Vertrag von Lissabon – eine tragfähige und abschließende Antwort auf konstitutionelle Grundfragen?, Integration, 1/08. (German) (PDF)

Duff, A. (2008), True Guide to the Treaty of Lisbon, ALDE Group. (PDF)

European Policy Centre (2008), Treaty ratification: state of play, 24.01.2008. (PDF)

Donnelly, B. (2008), Constitutionalisation without a Constitution, The Federal Trust, Policy Commentary. (PDF)

Donnelly, B. (2007), The Reform Treaty: Its Impact on the EU Institutions, The Federal Trust, Submission to House of Lords Inquiry. (PDF)

Donnelly, B. (2007), The Reform Treaty: Small Step or Giant Leap?, The Federal Trust, Policy Commentary. (PDF)

Palmer, J. (2007), Perspectives for the European Union after the Lisbon European Council, The Federal Trust, Policy Commentary. (PDF)

European Policy Centre (2008), The EU in 2008 - what MEPs expect, event report, 10.01.2008. (HTML)


New Documents

Directorate-General Internal Policies (2008), The Treaty of Lisbon: Ratification requirements and present situation in the Member States, Note, 16.01.2008. (PDF)

European Parliament, Committee on Constitutional Affairs (2007), Draft Report on the Treaty of Lisbon, Rapporteurs: Richard Corbett and Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, 03.12.2007. (PDF)

House of Lords European Union Select Committee, The Impact of the EU Reform Treaty, EU Reform Treaty Transcripts. (HTML)

UK government (2007), European Union (Amendment) Bill, 17.12.2007. (PDF)




31.01.2008 Internal row in Slovakia threatens EU treaty, EUobserver.com

European Parliament president Hans-Gert Poettering has called on Slovakia to act responsibly, as the country is heading for a crucial vote on the EU's hard-fought Lisbon Treaty on Thursday evening. Opposition parties continue to threaten the vote due to a draft media bill.

30.01.2008 Slovenia and Malta ratify EU treaty, EUobserver.com

Slovenia and Malta have approved the new EU Lisbon treaty by a large majority, but in Slovakia the treaty vote has become tangled up in a dispute over a separate law.

28.01.2008 MEPs issue wake up call on EU diplomatic service, EUobserver.com

The European Parliament is starting to question the make-up of the planned EU diplomatic service, believing it risks changing the nature of the Union to favour larger member states.

29.01.2008 Ireland remains unclear on EU treaty poll date, EUobserver.com

The date for Ireland's referendum on the EU treaty remains unclear but is likely to be set within the next weeks, the country's Europe minister has said.

25.01.2008 Irish opposition leader demands date be set for treaty referendum, EUobserver.com

Visiting Brussels the leader of Ireland's opposition Fine Gael party, Enda Kenny, has said that the "continuing uncertainty" of the date of this summer's referendum on the Lisbon Treaty was allowing "anti-European" groups to fill the vacuum.

24.01.2008 Lisbon treaty fails to simplify EU rules for citizens, MEPs say, EUobserver.com

The European Parliament's constitutional committee has given a green light to the new EU Lisbon treaty, suggesting it will make the bloc's rules more democratic and suitable for the future, while remaining "less clear and readable" for its citizens.

22.01.2008 Brown passes first hurdle in EU treaty debate, EUobserver.com

The UK government on Monday passed the first hurdle in what is expected to be a tough few weeks of political battle on the new EU treaty when MPs backed a second reading of the European Union Bill.

21.01.2008 EU officials to begin work on treaty, EUobserver.com

EU diplomats are to start work in the coming days on clearing up the loose ends in the new EU treaty so that it can come into force without any technical glitches once it has been ratified.

10.01.2008 UK minister calls for 'mature debate' over new EU treaty, EUobserver.com

UK Europe minister Jim Murphy has urged domestic politicians to hold a "mature debate" on Europe without "bestowing it with apparently satanical powers" as the country's parliament prepares for a ratification of the new EU Lisbon treaty.



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