In complete contrast, 2005 was a year of setbacks and reappraisals. Everything appeared to be under control at the start of the year, when the highly experienced Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, began his presidency by addressing three major issues:
amending the Stability and Growth Pact, reviewing the Lisbon strategy and seeking a political agreement on the financial perspectives for 2007-2013. All three of these topics were supposed to build on the headway made in 2004 but were thrown off course by current events. Two
national referendums, in late May (France) and early June (Netherlands), on the draft European constitutional Treaty disrupted discussion and sent an icy blast through the European edifice, slamming doors and windows behind it.

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Preface - Maria Jepsen, Lars Magnusson, Philippe Pochet and Christophe Degryse

Foreword - Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet

Chapter 1 - Three ways of tackling Europe’s social problems from the outside - Pierre Defraigne

Chapter 2 - European economic trends and economic policy in 2005: renewed disappointment on outcomes, incremental improvements in economic governance - Andrew Watt

Chapter 3 - Debate around the social model: evolving players, strategies and dynamics - Philippe Pochet

Chapter 4 - EU enlargement: from central and eastern Europe to Turkey - Dalila Ghailani

Chapter 5 - The financial perspectives and the structural funds - Cécile Barbier

Chapter 6 - The “better regulation” agenda: a challenge to the Community method? - Éric Van den Abeele

Chapter 7 - The Green Paper on demographic change and the challenge of ageing for Europe’s welfare states - David Natali

Chapter 8 - European cross-industry social dialogue in crisis - Christophe Degryse

Chapter 9 - The European Court of Justice and social policy case law in the EU: an overview - Dalila Ghailani

Future prospects - Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet

Chronology 2005 Key events in European social policy

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