psir407_WEEK4_CONSTITUTIONAL_AND_TERRITORIAL_CHANGES

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Week 4 Constitutional and Territorial Changes Discussion Questions: What changes did the Lisbon treaty bring? How did the EU constitutional project fail in 2005? What will the fiscal union bring to the EU member states?
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Overview of Constitutionalisation Process of the European Union Every treaty is less and less ambitious Draft Constitutional Treaty and the Convention: Reasons for inception: Claims for democratic deficit Reasons for failure: Over-reaction by the public and populist politics in France and Netherlands Does Europe need a constitutions? Dieter Grimm vs. Jürgen Habermas
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Changes brought by the Treaty of Lisbon 1. The three pillars are merged together 2. A new rule of double majority is introduced (goes into force in 2014) 3. EU 27 decides by QMV in all but foreign policy and new members 4. New members are accepted by a procedure called Consent(previously known as Assent) 5. A presidency of the European Council is created. It is for a duration of 2 and a half years and renewable once. 6. Creation of the position of “High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy” and a service to accompany it. 7. Right of citizens' initiative
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1. Competences The Union's exclusive competences in areas where it legislates alone (Article 3): − Customs Union; − Establishment of competition rules necessary for the functioning of the internal market; − Monetary policy for Member States which use the euro as legal tender;
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