Research report 2017 - Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
Decision-making cultures in the legal history of the European Union
Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main
SummaryEuropean Union history was characterized by an underlying process of legal integration. At the same time, member state governments increased their political control of the integration process. In this context, the so-called “Luxembourg Compromise” of 1966 established an informal veto right in the European Communities. Member states claimed “national interests” to avoid a vote. Political and legal debates over the veto right crystallized different conceptions of European Union and their change over time.