Centre for a Social Europe - briefings
The EU Constitution and Civil Rights
This briefing explains the dangers for civil rights contained in the new
Justice and Home Affairs section of the European Constitution.
Referendums around the EU
This briefing outlines the situation in each of the countries that are
due to hold referendums on the EU Consitution. It sets out which groups
make up the two sides, the most important issues in the national debate
and the state of public opinion.
Lobbyists and the EU
This briefing outlines the role of lobbyists within the EU. Of the EU's
institutions, only the European parliament has a registration scheme for
lobbyists and that is voluntary. With only voluntary regulation, the lobbyists
enjoy unprecendented access to power in the EU with little little public
The European Union
The Government has published the European Union Bill, which grants the
referendum on the European Constitution. The Bill reveals that, while
the question is fair, there is still a danger that the 'yes' side could
benefit from combining the referendum with other polls and from lax spending
The Spanish referendum
Campaigners have sounded the alarm bell about the conduct of the Spanish
referendum on the European Constitution. With the biggest parties, the
media and most trade unions pro-Constitution, along with a public 'information'
campaign that is widely seen as biased, the only open question is how
large turnout will be.
new EU Commission
The new European Commission is one of the most right-wing Commissions
since the UK joined the EU. This briefing outlines the political background
of the 25 new Commissioners.
The draft Directive on
Our new briefing paper outlines the dangers to public services and
working conditions contained in the Commission's proposed directive.
the left should reject the Constitution
The Centre for a Social Europe's new pamphlet makes the case for rejecting
the EU Constitution as the first step towards progressive reform of the
Read the CSE's initial briefing on the Inter-Governmental Conference where
the proposed EU Constitution was agreed by the heads of state.