The Maastricht Treaty and the European Council: The History of an Institutional Evolution

  title={The Maastricht Treaty and the European Council: The History of an Institutional Evolution},
  author={Wolfgang. Wessels},
  journal={Journal of European Integration},
  pages={753 - 767}
  • W. Wessels
  • Published 29 October 2012
  • History, Economics
  • Journal of European Integration
Abstract Since its creation in 1974 the European Council has turned into the key institution in the institutional architecture of the EU polity. The Maastricht Treaty on the European Union was a history-making product of this body of heads of state or government. For the institutional evolution of the European Council itself the Maastricht Treaty confirmed and reinforced trends starting with the Hague summit in 1969. This article covers the pre-history of the European Council as well as the… 
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