European Union


Joining the 10 countries of Eastern Europe in May 2004 was the largest expansion of the European Union. New member states are already lining up since 1997. With a growing membership, the new treaty, which could accommodate the new conditions of the institution. Failure of the referendum in the Netherlands and France in 2005 is a warning to the European Union that everything has limits, including integration. Although representatives of all 25 European Union member states have signed the constitution in October 2004, turned out to people in far more powerful member states. The Constitution already signed it for a while can not be ratified. European Union leaders declare a “period of reflection” for a while each member is carefully rethink the reasons for the failure of ratification of this which is quite alarming that time.

European Union integration is successfully expanding in terms of quantity, but not quite successful in maintaining the quality of its integration. Concerns about the limitations of the European Union in the deepening of integration and the democratic deficit in decision-making systems that tend to “Top Down” began to arise. European Union efforts to improve the quality of its integration since its members numbered 27 is to accommodate the aspirations of France and the Netherlands and revise the rejected European Union constitution in 2005 to again get a Lisbon Treaty stumbling block after the referendum in Ireland said it was not for the Treaty of Lisbon. For information about the history of the European Union and its development is more complete, please consult the website

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