In the light of the fierce reform debates of the Council presidency over the past few years and the divide it triggered between the big and small Member States – reflected most recently in the arguments by Irish voters for rejecting the Lisbon treaty in the June 2008 referendum – this book set out to investigate two interlinked questions: (a) why the rotating presidency was the single most contentious issue in the institutional reform discussions over the past years?; and (b) why especially small states have been such adamant supporters of the status quo and hence rotation? To answer these questions, it presented a systematic and comparative study of the presidency’s role and influence within the EU’s system of governance and challenged a number of common assumptions both in the presidency literature and in the reform debate.
KeywordsForeign Policy Small State Policy Entrepreneur Lisbon Treaty Western Balkan Country
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