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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 Links:

German Presidency of the Council of the EU (HTML)

New Analysis

de Ruyt, J. (2006), Can EU Foreign Policy Survive Without a new Constitutional Treaty?, Notre Europe, Policy paper n°23. (French) (PDF)

Laffan, B.; Sudbury, I. (2006), On the Constitutional Treaty Ratification Failure – Three Readings and their Critiques, Integration, No. 4/06, Octobre 2006. (German) (PDF)

Santer, J. (2006), 25 Years of European Integration in Retrospect, Integration, No. 4/06, Octobre 2006. (German) (PDF)

Gerstlé, J. (2006), L'impact des médias télévisés sur la campagne référendaire française de 2005-comparaison avec les élections européennes de 2004, Notre Europe. (French) (PDF)

Moravcsik, A. (2006), What Can We Learn from the Collapse of the European Constitutional Project?, Notre Europe, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 47. Jg. (2006), Heft 2, S. 219–241. (PDF)

Reactions to Andrew Moravcsik's article

  James Fishkin, Stanford University (PDF)
  Pepper D. Culpepper and Archon Fung, Harvard University (PDF)
  Paul Magnette, Université Libre de Bruxelles (PDF)
  Loukas Tsoukalis, ELIAMEP, University of Athens (PDF)
  Giandomenico Majone, European University Institute (PDF)
  Mark N. Franklin, European University Institute (PDF)
  Jeremy A. Rabkin, Cornell University, New York (PDF)

New Documents

Bundesregierung (2006), Europa gelingt gemeinsam, Deutsches EU-Präsidentschaftsprogramm 01.01.-30.06.2007, 30.11.2006, (PDF) (German)

Meny, Y. (2006), L’appello di Firenze per l’Europa, signed by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Enrique Baron Crespo, Joschka Fischer, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Jorge Sampaio, Helmut Schmidt, Costas Simitis, Florence, 17.11.2006. (Word) (Italian)

Chancellor Merkel, A. (2006), Speech at the Vision for Europe Award ceremony, Luxembourg. 14.11.2006. (HTML)

President of the Italian Republic Napolitano, G. (2006), Is there a Future for European Integration?, speech at "The Future of Europe Series', hosted jointly by FT Business and the LSE European Institute, 12.10.2006. (PDF)

Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Institutional Affairs and Communication Strategy Wallström, M. (2006), The consequences of the lack of a European Constitution, speech before the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Brussels, 22.11..2006. (HTML)

European Commission (2006), The cost of the non-Constitution, DG Communication, Staff working paper, 22.11.2006. (PDF)

El Presidente del Parlamento Europeo Borrell, J. (2006), de "Revolutionibus Europae" o el reto de la crisis constitucional, discurso pronunciado el 16 de octubre de 2006 en el Colegio de Europeo de Brujas. (Spanish) (HTML)

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006), The State of the European Union 2006-2007, annual report. (Word)

Beck, K. (2006), Europa gestalten: globale Friedensmacht - soziale Wirtschaftskraft, speech at the PSE conference on "Europa gestalten: globale Friedensmacht - soziale Wirtschaftskraft", Berlin, 06.11.2006. (HTML)

German MP Gauweiler, P. (2006), Bundesverfassungsgericht: Keine Ratifizierung der EU- Verfassung in absehbarer Zeit möglich, pressemitteilung, 31.10.2006 (German) (PDF)

German Bundesregierung (2006), Jointly shaping Europe, 05.11.2006 (HTML)

German Bundesregierung (2006), Cabinet statement on German EU Presidency, 05.11.2006. (HTML)

Giscard d'Estaing, V. (2006), The Political Future of Europe, speech at the LSE European Institute, 28.02.2006. (PDF)



04.12.2006 Barroso rallies commissioners behind EU constitution, EUobserver.com

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has attempted to drum up support for the beleaguered EU constitution among his fellow commissioners, apparently changing his previous stance towards the document.

30.11.2006 Irish PM suggests EU leaders should learn from Nice Treaty rejection, EUobserver.com

The Irish prime minister has indicated that the steps he took to get the Nice Treaty ratified in Ireland after it was rejected by voters may be the way to go forward with the blocked EU constitution.

22.11.2006 Commissioners reject Sarkozy mini treaty plan, EUobserver.com

The European Commission is signalling growing interest in ideas to boost the EU constitution with new elements which are attractive to citizens, while openly attacking French proposals to reduce the charter to a "mini treaty."

22.11.2006 Commission to propose EU consular offices abroad, EUobserver.com

The European Commission is next week to adopt proposals to set up EU "common offices" for consular aid in a bid to reach out to European citizens in trouble around the globe - but the plans are likely to spark controversy as they appear reminiscent of provisions in the EU constitution.

20.11.2006 Former EU leaders call for 'political leap' in Europe, EUobserver.com

Several former EU politicians have called for a "leap" on the European political scene to create enough impetus to see through institutional reform in the bloc by 2009.

13.11.2006 The Hague wants safeguards against EU powers in new treaty, EUobserver.com

Dutch foreign minister Bernard Bot has said a new EU treaty should include substantial changes to the EU constitution text, including fresh safeguards against Brussels "meddlesomeness." His comments come as polls indicate the Dutch ruling coalition could win this month's elections.

09.11.2006 Irish prime minister defends EU constitution, EUobserver.com

Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has spoken out against picking and choosing parts of the EU constitution saying it risks unravelling if member states simply take out the bits they like best.

02.11.2006 German court deals blow to Berlin's EU constitution plans, EUobserver.com

Germany's plans to put the EU constitution back on track early next year have been dealt a blow by the country's constitutional court. Meanwhile, the Estonian foreign minister has said that countries that have already ratified the EU charter should not have to do so again.

Members of a select group of EU politicians tackling the bloc's constitutional deadlock have told EUobserver they are open to changes to the EU constitution, welcoming the fact that French minister Sarkozy recently re-opened the debate on the charter.


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