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Between Cherry-picking and Salvaging the Titanic: Spain and the Rescuing of the Essence of the Eu Constitution

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Within the context of the situation that came about as a result of rejection of the European Union (EU) Constitutional Treaty in 2005 and the subsequent inefficient reflection period, Spain has been faced with several options. This chapter analyses the options and possible outcomes, with emphasis on the activities led by new Spanish government elected in 2004. It then concludes with a commentary on the contribution to the agreement, opening the way for a new Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) and 'Reform Treaty.' The author says that in the event that some of the alternatives proposed for making the survival of the present constitutional project possible are successful, 2012, the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster may coincide with the consolidation of the rescuing of the EU 'Titanic' Constitution. The competing alternative for this operation is the method of 'cherry-picking' some of the most special aspects of the EU text.

Keywords: Constitutional Treaty; European Union (EU) constitution; Intergovernmental Conference (IGC); Reform Treaty; Spanish initiative



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