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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Trading in sovereignty - and votes

The Polish eagle

The 27 foreign ministers of the EU met in Luxemburg on Monday, to thrash out final details of the EU Reform Treaty - note not a 'Constitution' in sight - before their bosses put the finishing touches to it later this week.

Well, that's the theory.

Trying to bridge the gap

The Polish Eagle

As Poland seems on the verge of yet another clash with the rest of the EU, Warsaw-based journalist and blogger The Beatroot takes a look at the ongoing difficulties of reconciling conflicting local, national and pan-European interests.

Is it recent eastern enlargement that is pushing a slightly disorientated and isolated Brussels into the arms of experiments with Deliberative consultation?

When Poland and the other ex-communist, central and eastern European countries signed up, the European Union got more heterogeneous overnight. And that means many more interests to cater for.

If the aim of Deliberative methods is to make it easier to transcend individual, local, sectional and national interests, then the job has got much harder in a 27 nation state club with wide economic and social differences between the new and old members.