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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
Newsletter editor


New Analysis

Göler, D.; Jopp, M. (2006), Die europäische Verfassungskrise und die Strategie des "langen Atems", Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Integration, Heft 2/06, April 2006. (PDF) (German)

Hix, S.; Bartolini, S. (2006), Politics: The Right or the Wrong Sort of Medicine for the EU?, Notre Europe, Policy paper N°19. (PDF)

Maurer A. (et al) (2006), Die Ratifikationsverfahren zum EU-Verfassungsvertrag Wege aus der Krise II, SWP, Diskussionspapier, April 2006. (PDF) (German)

Ladzik, J. (2006), A Foreign Minister for Europe, Federal Trust, Policy Brief Number 23. (PDF)

Leonard,M. (2006), Democracy in Europe: How the EU can survive in an age of referendums, Center for European Reform, essay. (PDF)

Breda, Vito (2006), A European Constitution in a Multinational Europe or a Multinational Constitution for Europe?, European Law Journal, Volume 12, Issue 3, Page 330-344, May 2006.

Abstract: What is the role of the nation-state in the process of European constitutional integration? How can we transcend our divisions without marginalising those who believe in them? This article critically analyses the theoretical bases of the Treaty.

Barber, N. W. (2006), Legal Pluralism and the European Union, European Law Journal, Volume 12, Issue 3, Page 306-329, May 2006

Abstract: This article advances a pluralist model of a legal system. It claims that a legal system is pluralist when it contains inconsistent rules of recognition that cannot be legally resolved from within the system.


New Documents

Notre Europe, "Les Etats-Unis d’Europe" by Guy Verhofstadt, Book Review, 30.03.2006. (PDF) (French)

New Links

European Forum for the Civil Society on the Future of the European Union, 24-25 April 2006 (HTML)

Subsidiarity conference (18-19 April) "Europe begins at home" (HTML)

The "Reflection Period"

Fortcoming events

Estonia is to ratify the European Constitution on 9 May, the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

An informal meeting of EU foreign ministers will take place in Austria on 27-28 May to discuss the future of the European Constitution



28.04.2006 Commission backs French veto reduction idea, EUobserver.com

The European Commission has after a two-day seminar on the future of the EU expressed support for French proposals to remove national vetoes from the current EU treaties, hoping that 2007 will bring a further "institutional dynamic."

28.04.2006 [Comment] Widening or deepening? We may not have a choice, EUobserver.com

As the European Commission meets to discuss the future of Europe, Peter Sain ley Berry offers some reflections on Widening and Deepening.

28.04.2006 Finland ready to ratify EU constitution, EUbusiness.com

The Finnish parliament's foreign affairs committee gave the green light on Friday for the country to ratify the European Union Constitution, perhaps even before taking over the EU presidency in July.

24.04.2006 Finns want say on EU constitution, EUobserver.com

A majority of Finns would like to have a say on the country's adoption of the EU constitution, according to a new survey.

20.04.2006 Estonia set to ratify EU constitution on May 9, EUbusiness.com

The Estonian parliament is expected to endorse the EU constitution on May 9, the date the European Union celebrates its official Europe Day, officials said on Thursday.

19.04.2006 EU to back constitution in the end: Latvia, EUbusiness.com

Latvia's prime minister said Wednesday he was confident that all European Union states would eventually back a constitution even though France and the Netherlands voted down a draft last year.

18.04.2006 Estonia to complete ratification of EU constitution in May, EUobserver.com

Estonia is set to complete the ratification of the EU constitution in May, becoming the 15th member state to adopt the treaty.

12.04.2006 Plan F has lessons for Plan D, [Comment], EUobserver.com

In the wake of the failure of the constitutional treaty in the referendums last year, we must be vigilant against the risk of a slow slide into a bureaucratised EU where the civil servants have the upper hand, argues Richard Laming.

07.04.2006 EU foreign ministers to hold talks on European constitution, EUbusiness.com

An informal meeting of EU foreign ministers will take place in Austria on May 27-28 to discuss the future of the European constitution, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik, whose country holds the EU presidency, has announced

07.04.2006 Berlin wants EU constitution adopted under new name, EUobserver.com

Germany wants to have the EU constitution ratified across the EU by 2009, suggesting a change in the name of the charter to "Basic treaty for Europe," according to a German daily.

06.04.2006 Ratify EU constitution by summer, Estonian lawmakers urged, EUbusiness.com

The European Union constitution is still alive, despite rejections by key EU , member states, and Estonian lawmakers should ratify it sooner rather than later, the head of a parliamentary committee on the treaty said Thursday.


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