Understanding the European Constitution: An Introduction to by Clive H. Church

By Clive H. Church

The eu Union is now coming into a very important part because the ratification technique hurries up and key debates and referenda occur in current and most likely new member states.

The Union’s Constitutional treaty is usually forged as both a blueprint for a centralized and protectionist super-state or because the triumph of Anglo-Saxon economics. but it's been little learn, relatively within the uk. This e-book places this correct by means of publishing the complete textual content of the an important first a part of the record and displaying that it doesn't justify both of the extraordinary interpretations imposed on it.

Written through specialists of the treaties, Understanding the eu Constitution units the Constitutional Treaty in context, studying its major topics and content material and contemplating the consequences of any rejection. It does this in easy language and with assistance from explanatory tables and a word list. those that desire to make a thought of verdict at the foundation of the proof will locate it useful.

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Responsibility for looking at all this was entrusted to a new body, the ‘Convention on the Future of Europe’, comprising representatives of a range of EU institutions and bodies and of national governments and parliaments. This reflected both a commitment to promote open debate and the positive experience of the Convention that had recently drafted the Charter of Fundamental Rights. It was unclear, however, whether the new Convention would be able to agree on how to respond to the challenges facing the Union or get its ideas taken seriously by the IGC which, the Laeken Declaration made clear, would, in line with the TEU, take the final decisions.

Such precedents reinforce the case for the Constitutional Treaty being a hybrid. So the only reading which really fits the facts is that it is both constitutional and a treaty and is best regarded as a Constitutional Treaty. What kind of Constitutional Treaty? Calling the Constitutional Treaty simply a ‘constitution ‘reflects assumptions that there is only one kind of constitution. Many people have narrow, and not wholly appropriate, understandings of the term. A constitution is too often seen as a tablet of stone chiselled to found a state.

Interestingly, some critics deny it constitutional status precisely because it is not a brief statement of principles but, to quote a French Socialist opponent, is more like a commercial treaty or a set of house rules. In other words, the length and style of the overall document can only be explained by the fact that it is a treaty and one which seeks to maintain continuity with preceding treaties. It is very detailed, not to say verbose, because its provisions are codes for working the arrangements agreed by the signatory states.

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