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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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New Analysis

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Hrsg) (2007), Zur Zukunft des Vertrags über eine Verfassung für Europa, International Policy Analysis, Politik Info; Heft April 2007. (German) (PDF)

EuropaNova (2007), Sondage publié à l’occasion du 50ème anniversaire du traité de Rome et de la campagne présidentielle, Mars 2007. (French) (PDF)

Faber, A. (2007), Die Weiterentwicklung der Europäischen Union: Vertiefung versus Erweiterung?, Integration, Ausgabe 2/07, April 2007. (German) (PDF)

Hobe, S.; End, A. (2007), 50 Jahre Römische Verträge – Vorreiter einer modernen Rechtsentwicklung, Integration, Ausgabe 2/07, April 2007. (German) (PDF)

Corbett, R. (2007), Britain and the Constitutional Treaty, EUobserver.com, Comment,
16.04.2007. (HTML)

Bonde, J.P. (2007), Constitution by the backdoor, EUobserver.com, Comment, 13.04.2007. (HTML)

Joerges, C. (2007), Conflict of Laws as Constitutional Form - Reflections on International Trade Law and the Biotech Panel Report, RECON Online Working Paper 2007/03. (PDF)

Eriksen, E.O.; Fossum, J.E. (2007), Europe in transformation: How to reconstitute democracy?, RECON Online Working Paper 2007/01, March 2007. (PDF)

Europa-Union Deutschland (2007), 75% der Deutschen wollen Volksbefragung über die EU-Verfassung, EMNID-Umfrage. (German) (PDF)

Seeger, S. (2007), Communicating European Values - The German EU Presidency and the Berlin Declaration, CAP Aktuell 6, 20.04.2007. (PDF)


New Documents

British PM Tony Blair and Dutch PM Jan-Peter Balkenende (2007), press conference, transcript, 15.04.2007. (HTML)

Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for European Affairs (2007), Dutch aims for discussions on amending European treaties, Letter to the House of Representatives on the status of discussion on a new European treaty, 19.03.2007. (HTML)

Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) (2007), 50th Anniversary of Treaty of Rome, Declaration, March 2007. (Word)




03.05.2007 Prodi favours two-speed EU if mini-treaty adopted, EUobserver.com

Italian leader Romano Prodi has said his country will not "sign up just to any compromise" on the revised EU constitution, adding that a minimalist solution - emerging as the most likely deal ahead of EU talks in June - should prompt member states which favour deeper integration to go ahead on their own.

26.04.2007 Barroso forced to change mini-summit plans, EUobserver.com

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has been forced to scale down plans for a mini-summit next month with select EU leaders, amid concerns that it would spark divisions in the bloc.

25.04.2007 Barroso organising mini-summit on EU constitution, EUobserver.com

European commission president Jose Manuel Barroso is in the process of organising a mini brainstorming summit on a new look EU constitution with the aim of giving "momentum" to the ongoing talks on the future treaty. Sources have said the upcoming EU presidencies until 2009 have been invited.

23.04.2007 Germany sends letter to salvage EU constitution, EUobserver.com

German chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated Berlin is going to leave as much of the EU constitution intact as possible making only the minimum changes needed to get sceptical nations such as the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic on board.

20.04.2007 No referendum needed on revised EU treaty, says Blair, EUobserver.com

UK prime minister Tony Blair has said he will come to an EU summit in June ready to endorse a fast-track adoption of the basic institutional changes foreseen by the bloc's disputed constitution - something that will not require a referendum in Britain.

18.04.2007 Poland defends red line on future EU treaty, EUobserver.com

Poland's drive to re-negotiate EU voting rights stems from its painful experience of "hegemonies" in European history Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said in Brussels on Wednesday, declining to rule out a Polish veto on a new EU treaty if other states do not agree.

18.04.2007 Germany more realistic on EU treaty problems, Czech president says, EUobserver.com

The Czech president has praised Germany for having a new attitude for dealing with the disputed EU constitution, shifting from pressure on deadlines to a debate about content, with Berlin issuing a hit list of 12 controversial treaty elements to clarify national positions.

17.04.2007 Blair pushes to drop EU constitution, EUobserver.com

UK prime minister Tony Blair has said that the EU should not be looking to resurrect a new constitution but should rather focus on getting workable rules for the bloc.

11.04.2007 Dutch government favours new look treaty for the EU, EUobserver.com

The Dutch government has said the renewed talks on an EU treaty should focus on the current shortcomings in the system rather than aiming to become an overarching "constitutional treaty."


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