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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.

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New Pages:

The Lisbon Treaty - Ratification

New Links:

The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (HTML)

New Analysis

Hierlemann, D. (2008), Irish Vote, Europe's Future: Four Options After the 'No', Bertelsmannstiftung, spotlight europe, June. (PDF)

Grant, C. (2008), Dealing with No Ireland's rejection of the EU's plan for refom leaves its members with unpalatable options, published in Time Magazine, June 30-July 07 2008. (HTML)

Brady, H. (2008), The era of the grand treaty is over, published in Guardian blog, 16 June 2008. (HTML)

Gros, D.; Kurpas, s. (2008), After the Irish Referendum: A simple and effective Plan B, CEPS Policy Brief, no 163. (PDF)

Bindi, F. (2008), Ireland's Rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, The Brookings Institution, June 16, 2008. (HTML)

EPC (2008), Post-Summit Analysis: A time to heal, 23.06.2008. (HTML)

Padoa-Schioppa, T. (2008), Declaration on the results of the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Notre Europe´s Viewpoint. (HTML)

Deloy, C. (2008), Ireland says "no" to the Lisbon Treaty, Robert Schuman Foundation, policy Brief. (HTML)

Giuliani, J.D. (2008), If the people say no – let the people speak!, Robert Schuman Foundation, editorial. (HTML)

Closa, C. (2008), Tras Irlanda: referéndum y unanimidad, ARI Nº 62/2008, 16/06/2008. (Spanish) (PDF)

House of Lords, European Union Comité (2008), The Treaty of Lisbon: an impact assessment, Tenth Report, March 2008. (PDF)

Gros, D. (2008), Plan B, CEPS Commentaries. (PDF)

Brady, H. (2008), Caution: The Irish Might Guillotine Lisbon, Real Instituto Elcano, ARI 56/2008, 6/6/2008. (HTML)


New documents

Spanish Congress of Deputies (2008), Plenary Debate regarding the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, 26.06.2008. (Spanish) (PDF)

Eurobarometer (2008), Post-referendum survey in Ireland : preliminary results, Flash Eurobarometer, Preliminary results, Fieldwork: 13-15 June 2008. (PDF)

President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering (2008), After the vote in Ireland: Quo vadis Europa?, statement, 20.06.2008. (HTML)

European Parliament (2008), Debates in preparation of the European council following the Irish referendum, Provisional edition, 19/06/2008. (PDF)

Council of the European Union (2008), Presidency Conclusions of the Brussels European Council, 19/20 June 2008.




30.06.2008 German president will not sign EU treaty pending court ruling, EUbusiness.com

German President Horst Koehler will not complete his country's ratification of the EU's Lisbon Treaty until its highest court has ruled on legal challenges to the text, his office said Monday.

27.06.2008 Austrian leader calls for referendum if EU treaty changed, EUobserver.com

Austria's chancellor, Alfred Gusenbauer, has said that if any changes are made to the Lisbon Treaty following its rejection by Irish voters earlier this month, then it should be put to a referendum in his country.

26.06.2008 UK millionaire's Lisbon Treaty challenge defeated, EUobserver.com

UK millionaire Stuart Wheeler's attempt to force a referendum in Britain on the Lisbon Treaty via a High Court order has gone down to defeat. Separately, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has said the treaty "cannot come into force".

26.06.2008 Spain's lower house of parliament approves Lisbon treaty, EUbusiness.com

Spain's lower house of parliament Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, two weeks after its rejection by voters in Ireland.

23.06.2008 Doubts emerging over Poland's Lisbon ratification, EUobserver.com

Poland is emerging as another potential problem for Lisbon Treaty ratification, with the office of the president - who has yet to sign off on the document - beginning to publicly argue that the EU pact is dead following the Irish No.

20.06.2008 Ireland refuses to deliver timetable on EU treaty solution, EUobserver.com

Over the course of hours of crisis talks in Brussels, Ireland found itself under heavy pressure to do something to fix its voters' rejection of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, with the country's prime minister, Brian Cowen, saying that many EU leaders believe there is little room for manouevre. However, Dublin refused to commit to a timetable or say whether it would put the treaty to a second vote.

19.06.2008 Ireland to get until October to find solution to EU treaty impasse, EUobserver.com

Irish prime minister Brian Cowen is set to win four months reprieve from EU leaders later today in order to work out "how to react" to Ireland's No to the Lisbon Treaty.

16.06.2008 Dublin sees 'no obvious solution' to EU treaty rejection, EUobserver.com

Europe will this week try and pick up the political pieces following Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, but the relatively high turnout at the ballot box and the jumble of reasons for the No vote mean an exit strategy will be hard to find. Dublin has admitted "there is no obvious solution."


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