The Constitution for the European Union


Galen Smith

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The European Union Constitution represented the next great reform the European Union when it was drafted in October of 2004. With the support of the respected leaders of Europe attained, the Constitution began the ratification process, aiming to earn the approval of the people of Europe. Yet despite early successes through parliamentary votes in countries such as Germany, Greece, and Spain, the ratification process came to a grinding halt when the France and the Netherlands voted ?no? on the Constitution in late May and early June of this year. Since the ratification of the Constitution required that all nations vote ?yes,? the dream of a more united Europe was temporarily broken. Since the founding of the European Union in 1992 by the Maastricht Treaty, no EU legislation has been so emphatically rejected. So what is the reason for this failure? In a document that proposed for the greater integration of the European Union, for a more powerful system of democracy, and for a stronger and more unified European state, why was it so profoundly rejected by the people it attempted to support?It is these questions in mind that I hope to address by illustrating the ratification process, the ups and downs, and the primary reasons why the Constitution simply did not fit into the picture in the eyes of the Europeans. With this information, I hope to illustrate the possible future of the European Union Constitution.


Larry Caldwell




Anderson Endowment

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