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AS and A Level: European Union
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It is the case that EU law overrides national law when the two conflict. This alone could show a ceding of sovereignty and as a supranational organisation the EU is more focused on working towards greater integration than national interest. Despite this surrendering of power to a higher authority, the EU only becomes the supreme decision making body in specified areas, although areas of national law could be affected without intention. For example, EU environmental decisions may indirectly impact agricultural law in some countries.
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"'A troublesome partner.' Using examples, to what extent would you say this comment accurately describes the United Kingdom's membership of the EU since 1973"4 star(s)
the notion that Britain is the EU's 'awkward partner,' per se, is the 'wait and see' approach with regard to the possibility of EMU. This non-committal policy creates many dilemmas. Firstly, it confuses prospective and current inward investors, (exemplified by car manufacturing) and the British public as a whole.4 Secondly, and perhaps more imporatantly, it brings about the question of the implementation of a 'two-speed' Europe with an 'inner core' of nations whose integration is accelerated. Further fudging of the issue will inevitably mean that Britain's voice in Europe in terms of shaping the Union's future monetary and fiscal policy is significantly diminished.4 If Britain's future is within the Euro, this policy is unquestionably harmful to Britain's future interests.
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There was realisation that major institutional change was necessary with the main purpose the elimination of the still existent barriers, extending the EC's competence and laying the foundation for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), therefore a legislative programme was proposed in the White Paper, which sought to identify the areas within EC where the problems existed and deal with them through a new approach known as mutual recognition and equivalence. According to Archer C. in The EU, p. 71, the widely circulated Cecchini Report showed that to maintain the barriers to the freedom of movement of goods, services, labour
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‘The main democratic deficit in the European Union is psychological, not institutional.’ Discuss.4 star(s)
Dogan (1992) offered the following definition 'people hold the belief, that ... institutions are appropriate or morally proper'. The EU however, as I will explain later is indirectly elected and does not conform to this idea of legitimacy. Using the Western ideas of democracy and legitimacy to come to the conclusion of a democratic deficit is over-simplified as it relates to nation-states, yet the European Union is a unique concept and far removed from the model of a traditional nation-state. This begs the question; shouldn't different versions of democracy and legitimacy apply? This means an examination of the decision-making process is required to establish/disprove democratic and legitimate elements within the EU.
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