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Central Asia 29-08-2020

Kazakhstan takes stock of its experience in constitutionalism

Today, almost thirty years after gaining its independence, the citizens of Kazakhstan can state with confidence and a sense of pride that their country is an equal and respected member of the international community and has all the signs of a well-established statehood, writes Kairat Mami.
Public Affairs 14-05-2010

Europe still needs Schuman

"History teaches us that the EU progresses through crises, and we can but hope that history repeats itself," writes Stanley Crossick, founding director of the European Policy Centre, in a May post on Blogactiv.
Future EU 05-11-2007

The Reform Treaty: two treaties for the price of one?

The EU's Reform Treaty has actually produced two treaties: "a treaty on the EU, which contains most of the institutional provisions, and a second treaty on the functioning of the Union", write Daniel Gros and Stefano Micossi of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
Future EU 29-10-2007

Understanding the Lisbon European Council and the Reform Treaty

The draft Reform Treaty, adopted by the EU 27 at the Lisbon Council on 18 and 19 October is "modest but makes it possible to break the institutional stalemate", writes Jean-Dominique Giuliani in an October paper from the Robert Schuman Foundation.
EU Priorities 2020 22-10-2007

Europe’s future: a chance for wise men?

It is not a foregone conclusion that the 'committee of wise men' proposed by Nicolas Sarkozy to reshape the EU's future will be a success, and it is vital to prevent it from being "instrumentalised in the political arena", argues a new Spotlight Europe paper.
Future EU 18-10-2007

The Reform Treaty and its implications explained

An agreement on the new Reform Treaty looks likely at this week's summit, according to Hugo Brady and Katinka Barysch of the Centre for European Reform (CER).
Future EU 24-09-2007

The EU after the Reform Treaty

The Reform Treaty is a "relatively small step" in the EU’s institutional development, marking "neither a major development" nor a "substantial change of direction" in that process, writes Brendan Donnelly of the Federal Union.

Implications of the Reform Treaty for EU Justice and Home Affairs policies

The field of Justice and Home Affairs is among those most "fundamentally changed" by the Reform Treaty, write Sergio Carrera and Florian Geyer in a 17 August 2007 paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
Future EU 31-07-2007

Time to move on – The EU after the German Presidency

In this July 2007 online dossier, Marco Overhaus and Hanns W. Maull of Deutsche-Aussenpolitik.de take ''a first systematic stock'' of Germany's EU Presidency - which ended on 31 June 2007 - by comparing the ''stated goals before the presidency'' with ''the actual results at the end of the term''.
Future EU 26-07-2007

Understanding the Brussels agreement on Reform Treaty

On 23 July, the EU launched an Intergovernmental Conference to provide a legal basis for the June Summit's political agreement, and prepare a text to revise the current treaties. Jean-Dominique Giuliani of the Robert Schuman Foundation outlines the new perspectives that will potentially become European policy following this turning point.
Trade & Society 16-07-2007

Treaty-change matters for business and Britain

European businesses – and British businesses in particular – have a strong interest in the successful adoption of the Reform Treaty, write Hugo Brady and Charles Grant in a May 2007 paper for the Centre for European Reform (CER).
Future EU 22-06-2007

A way out of the EU’s Constitutional dilemma

Those member states who supported the original Constitutional Treaty (CT) should demand a radical revision of the current treaty amendment procedure in return for their readiness to compromise in the forthcoming intergovernmental conference (IGC), writes Janis A. Emmanouilidis of the Centre for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in a June 2007 paper.
Future EU 21-06-2007

CEPS proposal on weighting votes in the Council

A double-majority system with a safety clause could overcome Poland's request for a square root voting system in the Council, claim Daniel Gros, Sebastian Kurpas and Mika Widgren in a June 2007 paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
Future EU 21-06-2007

Voting rules matter: Poland’s cause

There is a clear, positive relationship between a member state's power per person in the Council of Ministers and its receipts per person from the EU budget, declares Richard Baldwin of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in an 18 June post on the VOX web log.
Future EU 20-06-2007

The Constitutional Summit: Who wants what and why?

The impasse over the Constitutional Treaty shows that old cleavages and conflicts in Europe are resurfacing, with new coalitions of interest becoming apparent, write Dominik Hierlemann (Bertelsmann Stiftung) and Sarah Seeger (Centre for Applied Policy Research) in a June 2007 paper for the Spotlight Europe series.
Future EU 19-06-2007

Risks and opportunities of an EU institutional relaunch

According to Jean-Louis Quermonne, professor at the Instituts d'Etudes Politiques in Grenoble and Paris, the risks of failure of an institutional relaunch - or a watered-down agreement - are numerous.
Future EU 19-06-2007

The EU needs a new Treaty

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.
Future EU 18-06-2007

How the EU could overcome the current Constitutional crisis

The present impasse over the Constitutional Treaty is different from its predecessors, because it represents a decline in public support for the EU with a large decrease in motivation on the part of European leaders, argue Olivier Costa and Paul Magnette in a May 2007 Garnet policy brief.
Future EU 15-06-2007

Institutional deadlock and the June Summit

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).
Future EU 08-06-2007

Brown, Blair and the Constitutional Treaty

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.
Future EU 30-05-2007

Europe’s future – a road map to a new Treaty

A solution to the EU's Constitutional crisis is within reach if leaders concentrate on a short treaty designed to make the Union work better, claims a Friends of Europe discussion paper, published in May 2007. A divided Europe is the risk of failure on the constitutional issue, the report declares.
Future EU 25-05-2007

Debating the Constitution: between realism and revival

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. 
Future EU 23-02-2007

Reflections on the European relaunch

In this Fondation Robert Schuman paper, Hubert Haenel, former member of the Convention on the Future of Europe and president of the French senate's EU delegation, proposes a new approach.
Future EU 10-01-2007

Constitution ‘worth fighting for’

Klaus Klipp and Pascal Goergen, in an article for the Assembly of European Regions, argue that the Constitution must be salvaged and that the Parliament and German EU Presidency have central roles to play.