Reforming the European Union : realizing the impossible by Daniel Finke

By Daniel Finke

For many years the eu Union attempted altering its associations, yet completed merely unsatisfying political compromises and modest, incremental treaty revisions. In past due 2009, despite the fact that, the european used to be effectively reformed in the course of the Treaty of Lisbon. Reforming the eu Union examines how political leaders ratified this treaty opposed to all odds and indicates how this victory concerned all levels of treaty reform negotiations--from the preliminary thought to referendums in different ecu international locations.

The authors emphasize the strategic position of political management and household politics, and so they use cutting-edge method, using a accomplished information set for actors' reform personal tastes. they give the impression of being at how political leaders reacted to obvious disasters of the method by means of recreating or altering the principles of the sport. whereas household actors performed an important position within the technique, their effect over the end result used to be constrained as leaders overlooked detrimental referendums and plowed forward with meant reforms. The book's empirical analyses make clear severe episodes: strategic schedule surroundings throughout the ecu conference, the alternative of ratification device, intergovernmental bargaining dynamics, and the response of the German Council presidency to the unfavorable referendums in France, the Netherlands, and Ireland.

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For example, in chapter 1 the argument is made that Angela Merkel reintroduced the Constitutional Treaty because this text was a focal point, since it was the only one that had already been accepted. In chapter 7 the argument is made that Merkel could have proposed a different text, but she did not select this option for domestic reasons. Whether she should be credited with the solution of an impossibility sequence, or blamed for adding more risk of the project being rejected, we are talking about a successful operation with a very low a priori probability of success, which is why the leading German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung assessed German chancellor Angela Merkel as having “Mut zum Risiko” (courage to take risks; Winter 2007).

Rasmussen I–III Parts; Ansip Jäätteenmäki; Vanhanen I + II Chirac I + II; Sarkozy Schröder I + II; Merkel I Simitis; Karamanlis I + II Medgyessy; Gyurcsány I + II Ahern I–III; Cowen Berlusconi I; Prodi; Berlusconi II Gomanis; Dombrovskis; Repše; Kalvītis I + II; Brazauskas I + II; Kirkilas; Kubilius Juncker I – III Adami; Conzi I + II Kok; Balkenende I–II Miller; Belka; Marcinkiewicz; Kaczyński; Tusk Barroso; Lopes; Socrates Năstase; Tăriceanu; Boc Dzurinda I + II; Fico Drnovšek; Rop; Janša; Pahor Aznar; Zapatero I + II Persson I–II; Reinfeldt Blair I–III; Brown Kingdom).

Indb 17 5/7/2012 10:34:39 AM 18 • Introduction an intergovernmental conference was prepared by a Convention staffed with delegates from national governments and parliaments. The reform process under investigation is unique in terms of its long duration. In comparison to the growing body of literature studying selected decisions during the reform process, our book considers all stages from a strategic perspective. 1), such as the implications of the Convention method (stage 1), which set the agenda for the following intergovernmental conference negotiations (stage 2).

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