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The fragile state of the European Union (EU): its battle for survival with the Member States

posted on 28.03.2022, 23:26 by James Fox
The European Union (EU) is partly supranational and partly inter-governmental. It is dependent on the concurrance of all its Member States for the important decisions required for the running of the EU. This causes an inherent instability in the EU.


Table of Contents

The fragile state of the European Union (EU), its battle for survival with the Member States. -- The growth of the EU and the gradual transfer of powers from the Member States. -- The impact of the European Court of Justice. -- The formation of policy communities and multi-level governance. -- The Commission's sole right to initiate legislation and its reference to subsidiarity. -- The all-powerful Competition Directorate, which has an influential section of economic purists. -- The increased powers of the European Parliament and its shortcomings. -- The reluctance of national governments to adopt progressive attitudes and to let the Commission change its policies and procedures. -- The national contributions to the EU budget. -- The taxation differences between the various Member States. -- The EU constitution. -- The demographic development. -- Regional development and the structural funds. -- Competition policy. -- The Common Agricultural Policy. -- The Common Environment Policy. -- Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), the Euro, the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) and the European Central Bank. -- Transport. -- The Common Energy Policy. -- The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ).


Bibliography: p. 215-231

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Thesis masters research


Thesis (Masters), Macquarie University, Division of Humanitites, Dept. of Politics

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Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au Copyright James Fox 2006.






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mq:4 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/3553