International Cooperation And Domestic Politics

1783 Words Feb 4th, 2016 8 Pages
The European Union (EU) is a unique economic and political partnership between 28 European member states that together cover much of the continent. The EU operates through a system of supranational independent institutions and intergovernmental negotiated decisions by the Member States (Nugent, 2010). EU member states have long believed that the Union magnifies their political and economic objectives. Nevertheless, tensions have always existed within the EU between those members that seek a closer union through more integration and those that prefer to keep the Union on a more intergovernmental footing, in order to better guard their national sovereignty. The interaction between international cooperation and domestic politics is pressingly relevant to the effect of European integration on domestic politics and democratic accountability in EU Member States. Many scholars consider democratic politics in Europe to be closely linked to increasing integration. This paper will argue that the process of European integration at the EU level has strengthened and also weakened the Member States in various different aspects.
Strengths of EU Membership There is a consensus on the positive effect of European integration on at least one aspect of national politics, one being the strengthening of the executive power. This is due to the fact that the executive has direct access to European policy-making and policy-makers in the Council, in the European institutions and other Member States…
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