The Evolution of the European Union into a Full Supranational Federal State

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The Evolution of the European Union into a Full Supranational Federal State Is it both likely and desirable that the European Union will gradually evolve into a full supranational federal state? In order to elaborate on the statement above, one has to become familiar with the process of European Integration; therefore I would first like to show a quick overview of the history of the EU. After the WWII it has become clear that the best possible way to reinstate Europe’s leading position in the global political and economic arena was through some form of mutual cooperation amongst the leading European nations. In 1950 the French foreign affairs minister developed the plan of a possible European Integration. The Shuman-plan was to create a league of western urbanized societies for economic and political cooperation. In accordance with the ideas of the Shuman-plan, the treaty on the European and Steel Community was signed in 1951, by France, Germany, Italy and the Benelux countries. This early development has already included the formation of the Council of Ministers and the European Court of Justice. The aim here was to further promote economic cooperation among member states, naturally the development has not stopped here. The main economic aim of achieving the common internal market has begun to crystallize for the leaders of the western European countries. In 1957 the Spaak Report has developed a traite cadre which attributed law-making powers to different European Institutions, in order to realize the aforementioned common market. In the following years the European Steel and Coal Community started to evolve itself and through the propositions and initiatives of the European Parliament the Draft Treaty on the European ... ... middle of paper ... ...the global economy. European Integration will force the national governments to shift sovereignty to the central governing board, this shift will naturally create a notion amongst the citizens of the MS that their government is not powerful enough to defend their interest in the new European arena. This fear might reduce the popularity of the full federal integration amongst those who want a more transparent governing body ‘ruling’ them, not to mention the citizens who already oppose the EU for some reason. In short, the development towards a fully integrated form of Europe is already on the way and can not be stopped. In order to make this desirable as well as likely, the EU has to take care that it remains sensitive towards regional and cultural matters, and that it channels the developments of integration through transparent, down to earth, personal relations.

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