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 amending treaty to all of the Articles in the TEU and to 216 provisions in the EC Treaty. It was signed on the 13 December 2007 but only came into force in December 2009. It makes the noteworthy change for the effective working of the EU. A federal state is one that utilizes a central government to represent the common interests of all its civil divisions, but which allows those civil divisions substantial freedom to manage their local affairs. Some might therefore argue that the EU is indeed moving towards federalism with the EU institutions forming the central government and the Member States make up the civil divisions. However, a genuinely federal Europe would need to be a politically united Europe to a much greater extent than it is now and…

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