The Relationship Between National And Supranational Levels Of Governance

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In the world of politics, the act of governing policies, actions, and affairs can be conducted through a national level and a supranational level. In other words, influence can be concentrated within national boundaries or it can surpass the boundaries to encompass several states. One significant example of the relationship between national and supranational levels of governance is the relationship of the European Union and its member states. In order to effectually scrutinize this relationship, this paper will focus on the member-state of Hungary which joined the European Union on May 1, 2004 along with nine other eastern states during the fifth round of expansions. With a population of over nine million residents, Hungary represents only 1.9% of the total EU population, ranking 13th among the states. Hungary’s membership in the union also extends to membership in the Schengen Area since 2007, in which they have agreed to remove border control and allow for the movement of people through their 93, 030 square kilometers of land. To add on, Hungary can be classified as an average member-state among the other members of the European Union. The term “average” in this context refers to a country that does not have great influence within the union, but is still considered a vital member due to its post-communist state. According to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary’s “scope is naturally limited due to the country’s size and international role.” Compared to
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