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(p. 71) 4. Constitutionalism and the European Union 

(p. 71) 4. Constitutionalism and the European Union
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(p. 71) 4. Constitutionalism and the European Union
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Robert Schütze

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10.1093/he/9780198789130.003.0004
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date: 26 April 2019

This chapter addresses the question of whether the EU has a constitution. It explores the formal constitutionalist credentials of the Union legal order and shows that the Union has claimed that the EU Treaties constitute the highest law in Europe. It then examines the constitutional nature of the Union from a ‘democratic’ perspective. Finally, it evaluates the Union legal order through the lens of liberal constitutionalism. This ‘classic’ constitutionalism assesses the legal nature of a document by insisting on a separation of powers and the existence of fundamental rights.

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