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Accidental Constitution: The Making of Europe's Constitutional Treaty Paperback – 16 May 2005

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: EuroComment; 2nd Revised edition edition (16 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9077110089
  • ISBN-13: 978-9077110089
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,928,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Despite the no votes, his book has by no means been overtaken by events, and should be carefully consulted... -- the Economist magazine, June 4, 2005


Peter Norman's "Accidental Constitution" occupies a unique position in recent writings about the European Union. Fluent, witty and accessible, this highly acclaimed book, published by EuroComment of Brussels, remains the only authoritative account of the European Convention and the controversial draft Constitution that it produced. Peter Norman has now taken the story of the EU's "Accidental Constitution" further. Subtitled, "The Making of Europe's Constitutional Treaty", the new edition explains the text that must now be ratified by all the Union's 25 member states. It sheds light on the complex political and constitutional issues that the EU's leaders set out to solve and explains why the subsequent negotiations among the member states came close to disaster before ending in agreement.Knowing how the European Union's constitution came about is crucial to understanding a text that could have a profound effect on the lives of 500 million European citizens for decades to come.

This book, written by a former bureau chief of the "Financial Times" in Brussels, draws on a wealth of documentary evidence, the insights gained from talking to key participants in the creation of the EU's constitutional treaty and the author's expert knowledge of EU affairs. Aimed at the lay reader as well as the specialist, the book is essential reading for all who want to understand the European Union of today. It is a tale of people and politics. It is also a tale of the unexpected. That is why the book is called the "Accidental Constitution".

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