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Dilemmas of European IntegrationThe Ambiguities and Pitfalls of Integration by Stealth$
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Giandomenico Majone

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199274304.001.0001

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From Community to Diverse Union

From Community to Diverse Union

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(p.1) 1 From Community to Diverse Union
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Dilemmas of European Integration
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Giandomenico Majone

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199274304.003.0001

Since the Treaty on European Union, it has become clear that the process of European integration moves along several paths, of which the Community path is the best known, but not necessarily the most important one. The flexibility that appears in several forms in the TEU signaled an emergent strategy for achieving progress in politically sensitive areas, even at the price of a loss of overall coherence. The aim of greater flexibility was given official recognition by the Amsterdam and Nice Treaties. The drafters of the Constitutional Treaty also acknowledged the impossibility of forcing the integration process into a single institutional framework. In a Union where national preferences are becoming much more varied, the temptation to form smaller, more homogeneous groupings may well become irresistible.

Keywords:   Community path, Constitutional Treaty, economic theory of clubs, enhanced cooperation, European coal and steel community, European Council, European treaties, flexibility, variable geometry

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