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Portugal: the Fight against the Big Ones

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This chapter analyses the positions that Portugal took before and throughout the negotiation of the Treaty of Nice. It then focuses on the internal ratification process of the Treaty, and concludes with a discussion of the Treaty's implications for Portugal and the debate about the future of Europe. The chapter briefly delineates the background of Portugal's participation in the process of European integration from adhesion to the Treaty of Amsterdam. The negotiation of the Treaty of Nice occurred during the mandate of the 14th Government, which was a Government of the Socialist Party. The final proposal that was approved in Nice, after an extremely hard round of bargaining, was slightly more favourable to the medium-sized states than the proposal advanced by Portugal. Ratification of the Nice Treaty has had several implications for Portugal.

Keywords: European integration; Nice negotiation; Portugal; Treaty of Amsterdam



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