The State of the European Union: Volume 7: With US or by Nicolas Jabko, Craig Parsons

By Nicolas Jabko, Craig Parsons

This is often the 7th quantity within the hugely influential State of the eu Union sequence, produced lower than the auspices of the eu Union reports organization. This quantity presents significant new insights on either the new evolution of the ecu and its destiny developmental trajectory, and maps eu traits opposed to American rules and institutions.

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This is an expression of the second mechanism for change informing this volume: aspirations to global leadership. Although the community’s embrace of ‘actorness’ was long in gestation, there was never any doubt that the European project was a political project. Its fundamental objective was the resolution of a double conundrum: how to bind together the fates of Europe’s core nations in a way which would both render intraEuropean war unthinkable and maximize European influence in the outside world.

By the same token, the EP’s weak organic relationship with EU executive bodies means that its members do not feel bound by the policies of the executive toward the United States. The growing strength of the EP may thus make the EU increasingly like the USA institutionally, but on many policies a stronger EP probably augments the potential for substantive divergence. Jeffrey Lewis similarly stresses the role of institutional legacies in the evolution of the Council of Ministers. The Council increasingly resembles an upper house of legislature in a bicameral system more than any international organization.

The arrangements were agreed in principle at a NATO summit in Berlin in June 1996. The devil proved to be in the detail and it took six years of hard bargaining (the ‘Berlin Plus negotiations’) to nail down the details. This was finally achieved in December 2002. See Haine 2003, 178–80. 32 External Foreign, Security, Economic Policies slipping into gear. If anybody had predicted, on the morrow of Saint-Malo, that five years later the Europeans would be poised to engage in military operations under an EU flag, they would have been laughed out of court.

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