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The European Constitutional Treaty<sup>†</sup>

Udo Di Fabio

in Comparative Law as Transnational Law

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795208
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795208.003.0047
The European Constitutional Treaty†

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The European Constitutional Treaty, which was agreed by the heads of state or government on June 18, 2004, will, admittedly, not reinvent Europe, but it will establish a new foundation for Europe. It is true that originally the Constitutional Treaty was only supposed to improve Europe's legal bases and make the European idea and the institutions of the European Union more accessible to the citizens. But through the concept of a constitution alone, the Constitutional Treaty has created a vigorous political impulse and has marked a new level of European identity. The use of the term constitution, however, also gives rise to ideas, hopes, and fears that, in some cases, need to be corrected.

Keywords: European Union; Constitutional Treaty; constitution; European identity

Chapter.  5641 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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