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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 Analysis

Rovná, L.; Wessels, W. (eds.), EU Constitutionalisation – From the Convention to the Constitutional Treaty 2002-2005, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, 2006.
1. Constitutionalisation. The Case of the Convention as Network Analysis (Lenka Rovná)
2. The Convention and IGC Texts of the Constitution: Explaining Changes and Di. erences in the Shade of the Executive Power (Francesco Marchi)
3. the 2004 IGC:Bargaining or Learning? (Etain Tannam and Brigid Laffan)
4. Government Coalitions in the Institutional Reform Negotiations at the 2003/04 IGC (Manja Klemenèiè) .
5. The European Constitution and the Reform of External Competences (Angelika Hable)
6. A ‘saut constitutionnel’ out of an intergovernmental trap? The provisions of the Constitutional Treaty for the Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy (Nadia Klein and Wolfgang Wessels)
7. Flexible Integration in the Common Foreign and Security Policy (Kathrin Blanck-Putz)
8. EU Development Policy in the Constitutional Treaty: a Step forward? (Dominika Jakubowska)

Larhant, M. (2005), The E.U. institutional crisis - By the way … what do the new Member States think?, Summary of a Notre Europe Seminar held in Paris, 9 December 2005.

The Federal Trust (2006), European Newsletter, March/April. (PDF)
Karen E. Smith: Whither the CFSP after the demise of the Constitution?
Hans-Jörg Trenz/ Regina Vetters: No News from Brussels: Comment on the Commission's White Paper on a European Communication Policy
Katharina Gnath: The Services Directive has passed the European Parliament: Business as usual?
Markus Wagner: The Constitution: Ratification goes ahead

Torreblanca, J.; Sorroza, A. (2006), España y la Unión Europea: actualización del EU-25 Watch, Real Instituto Elcano. (HTML)

Lippert, B., Goosmann, T. (2006), El estado de la Unión: ¿período de reflexión o sonido del silencio?, Real Instituto Elcano. (HTML)

New Documents

European People’s Party, For a Europe of the Citizens: Priorities for a Better Future, "Rome manifesto", EPP Congress in Rome, 30-31 March 2006.

Giscard d'Estaing, Valery, "The Political Future of Europe", Speech at the London School of Economics, 28.02.2006.

New Links

EPP Congress in Rome, 30-31 March 2006. (HTML)

European Commission, 'Debate Europe' (HTML)

The "Reflection Period"



31.03.2006 No cherry-picking of EU constitution, say Europe's conservatives, EUobserver.com

The biggest pan-European party has called for a continued ratification of the EU constitution and strongly rejected cherry-picking from its proposals. But several leading centre-right politicians hinted that at least slight changes might be necessary to revive the treaty.

28.03.2006 Czech foreign minister backs EU constitution revival, EUobserver.com

Czech foreign minister Cyril Svoboda suggests in an interview with EUobserver that a short declaration on EU goals linked to the constitution could be the trick needed to revive the document, after Prague put ratification on ice following the French and Dutch referendums.

28.03.2006 Verhofstadt sees small chances for EU constitution revival, EUobserver.com

Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt has indicated he does not believe the EU constitution can be saved, while proposing to hold special summits of eurozone leaders as an alternative.

27.03.2006 Hungary urges Estonia, rest of EU, to ratify constitution, EUbusiness.com

Estonia and other European Union member states should ratify the EU constitution because doing so would build a common European foreign policy and stifle attempts to create a two-speed EU, Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom said here Monday.

24.03.2006 Scepticism rises over EU constitution's fate, EUobserver.com

An EU foreign minister's discussion on the fate of the bloc’s constitution revealed continuing major divisions between member states.

15.03.2006 Austria to debate referendum on Turkey and EU constitution, EUobserver.com

Austria's far-right Freedom Party has collected enough signatures for a parliament debate on having a referendum on Turkey's EU membership and the EU constitution - but observers doubt the chances of the initiative.

10.03.2006 Slovak PM tells French, Dutch to come up with EU vision, EUbusiness.com

Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda on Friday called on France and the Netherlands to come up with a plan for the proposed EU constitution after their voters rejected it last year.

09.03.2006 Polish president hits out at 'artificial' European Union, EUbusiness.com

The European Union is an "artificial creation" which ploughs on aimlessly and has no solid budgetary foundations, Polish President Lech Kaczynski said in a German newspaper interview published on Thursday.

07.03.2006 More Finns fed up with EU, EUbusiness.com

Finns' discontent with the European Union is at its highest point since their country joined the bloc in 1995, according to results of a poll published on Tuesday which revealed that one in four citizens favoured withdrawal.


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