Quick Guide: European Union constitution
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Europe's rule book

Streamlining

Foreign and defence policy

More key features

Political arguments

Referendums

Political arguments

Politicians sharply disagree about the constitution - about how much it changes, and whether it is good or bad.

Some see it as a missed opportunity to build a United States of Europe, while others complain it does precisely that.

Much depends on how it is implemented. For example, the European Council president could become a new force for EU integration - or just a figurehead.

Equally, the impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights may hinge on rulings by the European Court of Justice.