|Author (Person)||Closa, Carlos|
|Series Title||South European Society and Politics|
|Series Details||Vol.14, No.4, December 2009, p503-518|
|Publication Date||December 2009|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The European Union (EU) policy of the Zapatero government (2004-8) combined continuity with the Socialist policies of the 1990s with some new additions in the form of a commitment to domestic constitutional reform, including a reference to the EU in the Spanish constitution. The Socialists' EU policy also manifested important continuities with the prior Popular Party governments. The use of a referendum to ratify the EU constitution, though decided by the Socialist government, had a large domestic consensus and fitted easily with Zapatero's republican preferences. Even though change occurred, it is difficult to argue that it represented a second transition.
|Countries / Regions||Spain|