Does the EU Need Treaty Change?

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Posted Jun 23, 2022 | Carnegie Europe, Stefan Lehne

The European Union is facing the question of whether to revert to its earlier method of reform through treaty changes or whether to rely on improvised responses to new challenges. A broad agenda for treaty change risks reigniting the ideological divisions between the promoters of a federalist EU and the defenders of national sovereignty. Against this backdrop, it is doubtful whether EU decisionmakers will have the bandwidth to engage in an ambitious, open-ended convention on treaty reform, suggests Stefan Lehne in his article for Carnegie Europe. He discusses two dynamics of change in European integration, the regular treaty reforms of earlier decades and the crisis-driven improvisation that marked the last thirteen years and suggests a pragmatic approach toward limited treaty amendments as the most constructive way forward, under the current difficult circumstances.


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