Draft Constitution? Why a “rear guard” should be established
The creation of an advance party of Member States is presented as a panacea for breaking thecurrent deadlock surrounding the adoption of the Constitution. In fact, one is tempted to consider that the question is wrongly premised. Indeed, the idea of an avant-garde has never worked in practice, while in contrast Europe has in several instances been successful in setting up a rear guard consisting of those Member States unwilling to participate in a new policy.