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date: 16 February 2019

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The Treaty of Nice will be viewed in the history of European integration as a ‘hinge’ between the ‘old’ EU of fifteen West European states and the ‘new’ EU of twenty-seven or more states symbolized by the Lisbon Treaty. This article discusses the background to the Treaty of Nice and the context within which it was negotiated. It then discusses the actors, lays out the most contentious issues that had to be addressed, and concludes with the dynamics of bargaining.

Keywords: Treaty of Nice, European integration, EU, bargaining

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