The European Union ( Eu )

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The European Union (EU) is the union of economic, monetary and political with twenty-seven Member States. They work together, in order to get particular advantages for their countries. This has been argued by Bickerton, the shift from nation-states to Member States led to a subtle and not unproblematic. However, the countries are free to choose want to join or withdraw from the EU. EU consists of various institutions, but with only three institutions are involved in the EU legislative process. These are the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission. Over the years the EU has been expanded, consequently various treaties have been signed to work together. The latest treaty is the Lisbon Treaty, which was an…show more content…
Although EU institutions have many federal characteristics, Member States still retain the controls which make a European United States unlikely. The Council of Ministers is federally in the sense that it consists of representatives of the Member States who act together to perform their legislative role, they create rules which bind the constituent Member States. However, national interests prevail and the process of policy and law making in the Council remains intergovernmental. While the Commission is made up of twenty-eight independent commissioners to represent the Union interest and perspective. Whereas the commissioner will be sanctioned if there is obviously a severe inappropriate behavior occur. The Commission also has the power to propose legislation, it does so within established limits which are ultimately set by the Member States. It could be argued that the most federal institution of the EU is the European Parliament, which has almost all powers of a federal house of the citizens and it co-decides with the Council procedure by which the parliament enjoys an ultimate power of veto over proposed legislation, this power further increased when the Lisbon Treaty came into force by making this procedure become ordinary legislative procedure. Although, European Parliament cannot challenge certain administration, such
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