On December 1st the Lisbon Treaty officially entered into force after nearly a decade of negotiations on reforming the central power structure of the European Union. The Czech Republic, the last EU member state to cast its support for the alterations, ratified the treaty on November 13th paving the way for the final implementation. Under the Lisbon Treaty –officially an amendment to the Maastricht Treaty on European Union and the Rome Treaty on the Functioning of the Union– EU leadership will now include a full-time President of the European Council with a term of two and a half years and a High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. These alterations are intended to strengthen Europe’s role in international affairs and foster consensus on common foreign policy.

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