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  • The EU needs a new Treaty

    Opinion | Future EU 19-06-2007

    The EU is in urgent need of a new Treaty, argue Richard Baldwin and Mika Widgren in a June paper for the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. The new Treaty simply must reform the current EU decision-making system, whatever other 'filler' items it may contain, the paper insists.

  • Sarkozy and Kaczynski ‘confident’ about EU Treaty deal

    News | Future EU 15-06-2007

    The French and Polish presidents have met in Paris to discuss institutional reform. But with the growing threat of a Polish veto on any change to the Council voting system, the upcoming summit is unlikely to bring the EU out of its institutional impasse.

  • Institutional deadlock and the June Summit

    Opinion | Future EU 15-06-2007

    It should be possible to reach an agreement over the stalled Constitutional Treaty at the June Summit if two sets of conditions are satisfied, write Sebastian Kurpas and Stefano Micossi in a May 2007 paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

  • Brown, Blair and the Constitutional Treaty

    Opinion | Future EU 08-06-2007

    Prime Minister Tony Blair believes that no referendum on the Constitutional Treaty would need to be held in the UK if, instead of attempting revive the original wide-ranging Treaty, the members states now simply agreed on a series of amendments, writes Brendan Donnelly of the Federal Union.

  • Debating the Constitution: between realism and revival

    Opinion | Future EU 25-05-2007

    As the German Presidency searches for a way out of the impasse over the Constitutional Treaty ahead of the June summit, European Policy Centre (EPC) analysts Sara Hageman and Antonio Missiroli examine the alternatives that have been suggested for moving forward. 

  • European citizens’ consultations: Do EU leaders care?

    News | EU Priorities 2020 11-05-2007

    Representatives of the European Citizens Consultations project handed over the final report of their deliberations to Vice-President Margot Wallström and MEPs on 10 May. But will their hard work have any influence on EU leaders who are 'diplomatically' resurrecting the failed Constitution? 

  • Europe set for constitutional revamp?

    News | Future EU 26-03-2007

    The Berlin Declaration has set out a timeline for an institutional renewal of the EU by 2009. However, opinions differ as to what should be included in the new EU Treaty.

  • Constitutional Treaty: the ‘reflection period’ [Archived]

    Policy Brief | Future EU 25-03-2007

    After the rejection of the EU Constitutional Treaty in France and the Netherlands in late spring 2005, a "period of reflection" on the future of Europe was launched to reconnect the citizens with the European project and to decide the fate of the Constitution. In January 2007, the German Presidency declared the reflection period was over, still its outcome is uncertain.  

  • ‘Constitution’ and ‘enlargement’ dropped in EU birthday declaration

    News | Future EU 23-03-2007

    The Berlin Declaration marking the EU's 50th anniversary will not directly mention enlargement or the European Constitution, in order to avoid potential disputes between member states.

  • EU split on birthday declaration

    News | Future EU 07-03-2007

    The German Presidency is seeking a consensus for Berlin Declaration, which will mark the Union’s 50th anniversary on 25 March 2007. But views differ on what it should include.

  • An institutional Treaty to solve the European impasse

    Opinion | Future EU 08-02-2007

    Writing for the Fondation Robert Schuman, Pierre Lequiller, president of the French parliament's EU delegation, proposes a new EU Treaty to help Europe overcome its current crisis.

  • Chance for a Real Debate on the EU’s Constitution?

    Opinion | Future EU 25-01-2007

    Writer and commentator on European affairs Kirsty Hughes and Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, senior analyst at the Elcano Institute in Madrid argue in this article, that the EU should move on following the institutional impasse and regain political confidence.