And like all stories there are of course the main characters, the public heroes, and, around them, those who help them find a happy ending. The story in this Essay is written in honor of one of the characters who played a key role in achieving the Treaty of Lisbon: Jean-Claude Piris, who was for more than twenty two years, Director General of the Legal Service of the Council of the EU. But to understand this story, to understand the reasons behind it, one should know its roots.
The Treaty of Lisbon: A story in History or the Making of a Treaty,
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