EU hopes that Spanish support builds momentum for Constitution

[JURIST] European Union officials are encouraged by Spain's overwhelming support in Sunday's referendum [JURIST report] for the body's proposed new Constitution [PDF], but remain guarded because there are still many challenges ahead in the numerous countries set to cast similar ballots over the next 18 months. According to the official results [Spain's official referendum website, in Spanish], more than 76 percent of Spaniards casting ballots supported the Constitution, but the nation did suffer a low turnout of 42 percent. The document must be ratified by all 25 member states before it takes effect. Spain's University of Zaragoza provides a wealth of resources on the proposed Constitution, including historical background and a step-by-step timeline on the constitutional process. AFP has more.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.