Putting the Union back together

The after-effects of Denmark’s shock rejection of the Maastricht treaty still resonate

The ghost of the Maastricht treaty haunts much of what the European Union is now grappling with. The treaty agreed at Maastricht in December 1991 laid the foundations of the single currency – foundations that are now derided as distinctly shaky. It set the terms of the EU’s discussion about how sovereignty is shared between national and supranational levels – a subject that gets no easier as the years pass. And it set a pattern for how member states would struggle with ratifying EU treaties.

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