2015 年 2015 巻 182 号 p. 182_1-182_15
This special issue focuses on some new perspectives for European Union Studies. Since the rejection in 2005 of the ratification of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe, the European Union has suffered stagnation and crises. Although the Lisbon Treaty amended the treaty on the European Union and contributed to the institutional developments of the European Union, no major institutional change is expected in the near future. No major political elites and representatives of member states expect a qualitative leap for the European Union. At the same time, the European Union is an important and indispensable actor on the world stage. The amendments introduced by the Lisbon Treaty contributed to the more effective functioning of the European Union.
The seven articles in this issue deal with major changes or turning points in the European Union from various viewpoints. Some shed new light on the current developments of the institutions of the European Union, while others analyze historical developments. The articles will contribute to a further understanding of the special nature of the European Union.