Chanona, Alejandro. (2004) Consensus and Dissensus over the European Constitution: Security as the Pivotal Point of the Accords. Jean Monnet/Robert Schuman Paper Series, Vol. 4 No. 4, April 2004. [Working Paper]
The approval of the European Constitution is one of the key issues in the developmental process of integration in the European Union. The process of negotiations about the future European Constitution has clearly passed through two stages: the first, as coinciding with its presentation at the Thessalonica Summit in Greece, in June 2003, was characterized by the discrepancies between the members of the Union, particularly over the voting system, and the stalemate of the negotiations; and the second, commencing at the conjuncture of the 11-M terrorist attacks and their repercussions both inside Spain, with the victory of Rodríguez Zapatero in the general elections, and in the rest of Europe in which the issue of security has become a priority, having a direct impact on the desire to approve the Constitution as soon as possible. The central hypothesis of this document is that the consolidation of the Union is currently presented as a matter of security; therefore this can be the driving force behind the necessary accords for the approval of the constitutional text.
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