The individual Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon on their own are very difficult to understand as they are a series of amendments and amended the Treaty of Rome of 1957. The only practicable way to understand them is to place the changes in context. This we have done by analysing the main points of each new treaty and consolidate these changes into the existing treaties.
The Constitution, on the other hand, was a new Treaty in its own right. It would have established a new European Union to replace the existing Treaties. If it had been ratified, the Constitution would have repealed the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, together with the treaties of accession.
The Treaty of Lisbon (also referred to as the Reform Treaty) came about through the failure of the Constitution to be ratified and incorporates many of the provisions of the Constitution, as well as introducing new ones of its own.
The BMDF has published books on each of the five treaties; our book on the Treaty of Lisbon - ' The Treaty of Lisbon in Perspective ' was published on 7 February 2008.