From Community to Diverse Union

Giandomenico Majone

in Dilemmas of European Integration

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199274307
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603310 | DOI:
 						From Community to Diverse Union

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Since the Treaty on European Union, it has become clear that the process of European integration moves along several paths, of which the Community path is the best known, but not necessarily the most important one. The flexibility that appears in several forms in the TEU signaled an emergent strategy for achieving progress in politically sensitive areas, even at the price of a loss of overall coherence. The aim of greater flexibility was given official recognition by the Amsterdam and Nice Treaties. The drafters of the Constitutional Treaty also acknowledged the impossibility of forcing the integration process into a single institutional framework. In a Union where national preferences are becoming much more varied, the temptation to form smaller, more homogeneous groupings may well become irresistible.

Keywords: Community path; Constitutional Treaty; economic theory of clubs; enhanced cooperation; European coal and steel community; European Council; European treaties; flexibility; variable geometry

Chapter.  9197 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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