constitutional treaty Archive

  • Constitutional treaty or Lisbon treaty?

    A question comes in from a subscriber to our e-mailings: What would Federal Union have preferred? The constitutional treaty or the Lisbon treaty? My answer is the constitutional treaty, definitely. For three reasons. 1. The content was better. The changes to the constitutional treaty that […]

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  • Politics dressed up as law

    As this blog predicted, the attempt by Stuart Wheeler to force a referendum on the Lisbon treaty has been rebuffed by the courts. (The original story is told here.) You can read the judgment here or you can follow my summary below. The case brought […]

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  • The new EU Reform Treaty

    What was agreed at the European summit? The European summit held in Brussels on 21-23 June 2007 has abandoned the idea of a European constitution and replaced it with a new Reform Treaty.  The full details of the new treaty remain to be finalised in […]

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  • Which parts of the treaty are the most important?

    I received a response to my article on the idea of a referendum on the Reform Treaty (which you can read here) asking “what do you mean by: ‘The parts that have been changed – those of a constitutional nature – were the most important […]

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  • The BBC gets it wrong again

    In the wake of scandals over phone-in competitions and even the name of the Blue Peter cat, the BBC needs to confront yet another failing. It reports a UKIP-inspired referendum held in East Stoke parish in Dorset on whether a referendum should be held on […]

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  • The results of the European Council, June 2007

    By Brendan Donnelly Introduction To the surprise of some observers, the European Council of 21 and 22 June made considerable and detailed progress towards breaking the stalemate in the debate on institutional reform in the European Union. Not merely has a plausible timetable been established […]

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  • Damage to democracy

    A meeting of the International European Movement was held this weekend in Berlin. I was there as a British delegate and also because the UEF bureau was meeting in parallel. I’m not sure if it’s really a good idea to have such meetings scheduled for […]

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  • UEF President warns against watering down European constitution

    Brussels, 20 June 2007 Mercedes Bresso, President of the Union of European Federalists, calls upon the European Governments to reject any compromise text which would remove the most important innovations provided for in the draft Constitutional Treaty presented in 2004. “When adopting the Treaty of […]

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  • How do you solve a problem like Radio Maria

    By Richard Laming Published in EUobserver, 19 June 2007 The European Council meeting later this week is one for the connoisseur. Not only do we have a big issue at stake – the future of the constitutional treaty– we also have major uncertainty about the possibility […]

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  • Brown, Blair and the constitutional treaty

    By Brendan Donnelly During the past month it has become much clearer how Mr Blair at least hopes that the politically difficult question of the European constitutional treaty will be resolved over the coming months. In a widely-publicised interview with the Financial Times last month, […]

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