Nav 1-2: What the preambles tell us about integration

Length Browsing: 30 minutes Reporting: 40 minutes
  • To chart and compare ideas and ideals of European integration as they have been expressed in different treaties
  • To familiarize yourself with the language and style of treaties
Introduction Preambles constitute the opening declarations of a treaty. The pre-ambles provide an overview of the considerations and ambitions of the drafters of a treaty. Hence, reading these preambles can give a good indication of the mood that was prevailing at the times. In this exercise you will look up these preambles and compare them.
  • Go to this Wikisource website  which has the treaty texts of all major treaties and contains interesting information on the negotiation and ratification process of the treaties.
  • Locate the preambles of the treaties mentioned in Chapter 1 of the book and copy those parts which contain the intentions of the drafters as signalled by words such as ‘considering’, ‘affirming’ etc.
  • Copy and paste them  in a new document so that it becomes possible to compare them.
  • What do the texts of the preambles tell you about the ambitions and aspirations of these treaties? Which of the treaty preambles is most ambitious toward the goals of European integration, and which is the least ambitious?
  • Does the tone of the different preambles fit the characterization of the EU’s history in chapter 1 of the book?