September 25, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 25, 2009, German President Horst Koehler signed the Lisbon Treaty, which completed his country's problematic ratification of reforms that were aimed at restructuring the constitutional framework of the EU. Specifically, the reform treaty sought to increase the EU's role as a global ...[read more]
September 18, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 18, 2005, the Iraq National Assembly signed off on the final draft of the country's proposed permanent constitution and turned over the text to the UN for printing. Senior Sunni lawmakers promised to campaign vigorously for rejection of the charter in the national referendum to ratify ...[read more]
July 24, 2011
by Megan McKee
Konstantinos Margaritis is a Ph.D. candidate at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law. For his doctoral research, he is examining the protection of fundamental rights under the Lisbon Treaty. He writes on the changes in the field of external affairs under the Lisbon ...[read more]
September 25, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 25, 2009, German President Horst Koehler signed the Lisbon Treaty, completing the country's ratification process. The signature was the final step for ratification, after the Bundesrat gave final approval earlier that week to a bill setting out the ratification process. Although both ...[read more]
September 8, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 8, 2009, the German Bundestag voted 494-46 to approve a bill allowing Germany to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. Although the Bundestag had previously approved the treaty, the German Constitutional Court ruled in June 2009 that the treaty could not be ratified without reforms ensuring ...[read more]
December 1, 2009
by Sarah Paulsworth
The European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon went into effect Tuesday after more than two years of negotiations. The Treaty, which was ratified by all 27 member-states of the EU, was crafted to make the EU more democratic, transparent, and efficient, to more effectively ...[read more]
November 3, 2009
by Sarah Paulsworth
Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus signed the EU reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon Tuesday after the country's Constitutional Court ruled that the treaty does not conflict with the country's constitution. Klaus signed the treaty, despite maintaining his position that the court... ...[read more]
October 30, 2009
by Sarah Paulsworth
Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus said Friday that he will raise no further objections to the European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon, after EU leaders reached an agreement on an opt-out clause. At European Council summit in Brussels, the Council agreed Thursday to ...[read more]
October 28, 2009
by Jonathan Cohen
The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic delayed judgment Tuesday on a challenge to the country's signing of the European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon. The complaint was brought by a group of senators who claim that the treaty infringes upon Czech sovereignty. I... ...[read more]
October 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Irish President Mary McAleese on Thursday signed the European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon, completing the country's ratification process. Ireland has become the 26th nation to ratify the treaty, leaving the Czech Republic as the only one of the 27 member nations that... ...[read more]

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