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Introduction: Institutional choices in post-constitutional Europe – Facing challenges

ByLUÍS DE SOUSA AND CATHERINE MOURY

These words pronounced by Robert Schuman 59 years ago are illustrative of the development of the European Union, which has been the result of a constant process of experiment and compromises between different interests and preferences. Given this course of development, the institutional structure of the EU is, in a certain way, complex, opaque and imperfect. Thus, it is not easy to understand how the European Union functions, and even less to evaluate it from a prescriptive perspective.