Nr 44 • Aprill 2007

English summary

This April issue of Diplomaatia is devoted to the 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaties.
The opening article is by György Schöpflin, a Member of the European Parliament from Hungary, who says that “in effect, the EU, having initially been legitimised by elite commitment and rational design, by economic success and stability, was not constrained by the requirements of popular legitimisation. This is where the problems of 2007, the 50th birthday year, are most acutely visible.” According to him, while the current troubles of the EU can be most immediately traced to the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty in the French and Dutch referenda of 2005, these votes were simply evidence of a much deeper crisis in its design and structure.

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