Business as Usual: EU Policy Under Zapatero - The EU Policy of the Socialist Government 2004-2008

16 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 29 Sep 2009

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Carlos Closa

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The 2004-2008 Zapatero’s government EU policy combined continuity of former socialist policies in the 1990s with some new additions in the form of a commitment with domestic constitutional reform including a reference to the EU in the Spanish constitution. The use of referendum to ratify the EU constitution, even though decided by the socialist government, had a large domestic consensus but it fitted easily with Zapatero’s proclaimed republican preferences. Even though change happened, it would be difficult to argue that it was a second transition.

Suggested Citation

Closa, Carlos, Business as Usual: EU Policy Under Zapatero - The EU Policy of the Socialist Government 2004-2008 (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1450193

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