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EU Enlargement and the Constitutions of Central and Eastern Europe

ISBN13: 9780521607360
ISBN: 0521607361
Published: June 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £31.99

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In the wake of the EU's biggest enlargement, this book explores the adaptation of the constitutions of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for membership in the European Union. In response to the painful past, these new constitutions were notably closed to transfer of powers to international organizations, and accorded a prominent status to sovereignty and independence.

A little more than a decade later, the process of amending these provisions in view of the transfer of sovereign powers to a supranational organization has proved a sensitive and controversial exercise. This book analyses the amendments against the background of comparative experience and theory of sovereignty, as well as the context of political sensitivities, such as rising euroscepticism ahead of accession referendums.

EU Law
Table of cases
Table of treaties, laws and other instruments
List of tables
List of abbreviations
1. Overview of the accession process
2. Constitutional adaptations in the 'old' member states
3. Some idiosyncrasies of CEE constitutions
4. Constitutional issues in the pre-accession period
5. Revision of CEE constitutions for EU membership
6. Theoretical views to sovereignty and democratic legitimacy in CEE
7. Referendums
8. Membership of NATO and other international organizations
9. Role of constitutional courts
10. Implications of the European Constitution