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The unsung constitution

The EU constitution is unglamorous, but it is what most governments wanted

By Andrew Moravcsik   March 2004

Book: The Accidental Constitution Author: Peter Norman Price: EuroComment, ?29.99

Why was there a constitutional convention for the EU? Federalists hoped to circumvent the haggling and vetoes of national states. European parliamentarians hoped finally to realise their dream of an active and engaged pan-European citizenry. Pragmatists hoped to combat rising apathy and cynicism towards the EU by radically simplifying the treaty of Rome and more clearly delineating national and central prerogatives. Everyone gambled that an open, web-savvy 21st-century re-enactment of Philadelphia in 1787 would engage citizens and politicians of all stripes, sparking an epochal public debate on the meaning and…

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