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Federalisation of the European Union
European Union
is the institutional process by which the European Union
European Union
(EU) is transformed from a confederation (a union of sovereign states) towards a federation (a single federal state with a central government, consisting of a number of partially self-governing federated states). There is ongoing discussion about the extent to which the EU has already become a federation over the course of decades, and more importantly, to what degree it should continue to evolve into a federalist direction. Since the 1950s, European integration
European integration
has seen the development of a supranational system of governance, as its institutions move further from the concept of simple intergovernmentalism and more towards a federalised system. However, with the Maastricht Treaty
Maastricht Treaty
of 1992, new intergovernmental elements have been introduced alongside the more federal systems, making it more difficult to define the European Union (the EU). The European Union, which operates through a hybrid system of intergovernmentalism and supranationalism, is not officially a federation – though various academic observers regard it as having the characteristics of a federal system.[1]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Multi-speed integration

2 Present situation 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit]

The College of Europe
College of Europe
in Belgium was founded after the 1948 Hague Congress, a pivotal moment in European federal history that also led to the creation of the European Movement

A Pan-European movement gained some momentum from the 1920s with the creation of the Paneuropean Union, based on Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi's 1923 manifesto Paneuropa, which presented the idea of a unified European State. This movement, led by Coudenhove-Kalergi and subsequently by Otto von Habsburg, is the oldest European unification movement.[2][3][4] His ideas influenced Aristide Briand, who gave a speech in favour of a European Union
European Union
in the League of Nations
League of Nations
on 8 September 1929, and in 1930, who wrote his "Memorandum on the Organization of a Regime of European Federal Union" for the Government of France.[5] At the end of World War II, the political climate favoured unity in Western Europe, seen by many as an escape from the extreme forms of nationalism which had devastated the continent.[6] One of the first practical and successful proposals for European cooperation came in 1951 with the European Coal and Steel Community. Since then, the European Community has gradually evolved to Union in which a whole range of policy areas where its member states hope to benefit from working together. The process of intergovernmentally pooling powers, harmonising national policies and creating and enforcing supranational institutions, is called European integration. Other than the vague aim of "ever closer union" in the 1983 Solemn Declaration on European Union, the Union (meaning its member governments) has no current policy to create a federal state. Debate on European unity is often vague as to the boundaries of 'Europe'. The word 'Europe' is widely used as a synonym for the European Union, although most of the European continent's geographical area is not in the EU, and some of the EU is outside of Europe
Europe
(e.g. French Guiana). Most of Europe's people do, however, live in the EU. Multi-speed integration[edit] Main article: Multi-speed Europe The multi-speed Europe
Europe
thesis envisions an alternative type of European integration, where the EU countries that want a more integrated EU can accelerate their own integration, whereas other countries may go at a slower pace or cease further integration altogether. Specific current examples include the Eurozone
Eurozone
and the Schengen Area, which not all members have elected to join. Present situation[edit] The European Union
European Union
(EU) is not legally (de jure) a federation, although various academics have argued that it contains some federal characteristics. Here is the view of Professor R. Daniel Kelemen of Rutgers University on how various scholars approach the issue:

Unencumbered by the prejudice that the EU is sui generis and incomparable, federalism scholars now regularly treat the EU as a case in their comparative studies (Friedman-Goldstein, 2001; Fillippov, Ordeshook, Shevtsova, 2004; Roden, 2005; Bednar, 2006). For the purposes of the present analysis, the EU has the necessary minimal attributes of a federal system and crucially the EU is riven with many of the same tensions that afflict federal systems.[1]

According to Joseph H. H. Weiler, " Europe
Europe
has charted its own brand of constitutional federalism".[7] Jean-Michel Josselin and Alain Marciano see the European Court of Justice
European Court of Justice
as being a primary force behind building a federal legal order in the Union[8] with Josselin stating that "A complete shift from a confederation to a federation would have required to straightforwardly replace the principality of the member states vis-à-vis the Union by that of the European citizens. … As a consequence, both confederate and federate features coexist in the judicial landscape."[9] According to Thomas Risse and Tanja A. Börzel, "The EU only lacks two significant features of a federation. First, the Member States remain the 'masters' of the treaties, i.e., they have the exclusive power to amend or change the constitutive treaties of the EU. Second, the EU lacks a real 'tax and spend' capacity, in other words, there is no fiscal federalism."[10] Other academics have argued that the EU is unlikely to evolve into a unified federal state. Kelemen (together with Andy Tarrant) has taken this view himself, arguing that limits placed on the bureaucratic capacity of the European institutions – such as the relatively small size of the European Commission
European Commission
– form a barrier to the creation of a federal European state. In their words: "widespread political opposition to the creation of anything approximating a large, unified executive bureaucracy in Brussels has long-since ended hopes, for the few who harboured them, of creating a European superstate."[11] Some common points in this context are that the European budget is very small and does not finance a lot of the economic activity of the European Union; that each member state of the European Union
European Union
has its own foreign relations and has its own military if it so desires; that it is often the case that European Union
European Union
member states decide to opt out of agreements which they oppose; and that member states still retain sovereignty over a large number of areas which might be expected to be transferred to a federal authority under a federal system. One important fact is that treaties must be agreed by all member states even if a particular treaty has support among the vast majority of the population of the European Union. Member states may also want legally binding guarantees that a particular treaty will not affect a nation's position on certain issues. Use of the word 'federal' is itself the cause of some disagreement. Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
found opposition from the United Kingdom towards including the word "federal" in the European Constitution, and hence replaced the word with "Community".[12][13][14] See also[edit]

Stand Up For Europe Spinelli Group Arab Union United States of Africa Consociationalism Nation state Sovereignty Union of European Federalists European Federalist Party – a federal pan-European party Pulse of Europe
Europe
Initiative Eurabia Euroscepticism

References[edit]

^ a b Kelemen, R. Daniel. (2007). "Built to Last? The Durability of EU Federalism?" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 January 2013.  In Making History: State of the European Union, Vol. 8, edited by Sophie Meunier and Kate McNamara, Oxford University Press, p. 52. ^ Otto von Habsburg: Die Paneuropäische Idee. Eine Vision wird Wirklichkeit. Amalthea Verlag, Wien-München 1999, ISBN 3-85002-424-5 ^ Vanessa Conze: Das Europa der Deutschen; Ideen von Europa in Deutschland zwischen Reichstradition und Westorientierung (1920–1970); Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag; 2005; ISBN 978-3-486-57757-0. ^ Ben Rosamond, Theories of European Integration, Palgrave Macmillan, 2000, pp. 21–22. ^ D. Weigall and P. Stirk, editors, The Origins and Development of the European Community, Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1992, pp. 11–15. ^ "The political consequences". European NAvigator. Retrieved 2007-09-05.  ^ J.H.H. Weiler (2003). "Chapter 2, Federalism
Federalism
without Constitutionalism: Europe's Sonderweg". The federal vision: legitimacy and levels of governance in the United States and the European Union. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-924500-2. Europe
Europe
has charted its own brand of constitutional federalism. It works. Why fix it?  ^ How the [ECJ] court made a federation of the EU Josselin (U de Rennes-1/CREM) and Marciano (U de Reims CA/CNRS). ^ Josselin, Jean Michel; Marciano, Alain (2006). "The political economy of European federalism" (PDF). Series: Public Economics and Social Choice. Centre for Research in Economics and Management, University of Rennes 1, University of Caen: 12. WP 2006–07; UMR CNRS 6211. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2008.  ^ Thomas Risse and Tanja A. Börzel, The European Union
European Union
as an Emerging Federal System Archived 10 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine., Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law ^ Kelemen, R. Daniel; Tarrant, Andy (2007). "Building the Eurocracy" (PDF).  ^ Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose (8 July 2003). "Giscard's 'federal' ruse to protect Blair". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-10-15.  ^ Thomas, Sean (22 June 2003). "Gobbledegook". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-10-15.  ^ V. G. d'Estaing (7 July 2003), The Wall Street Journal Europe: I knew the word 'federal' was ill-perceived by the British and a few others. I thought that it wasn't worth creating a negative commotion, which could prevent them supporting something that otherwise they would have supported. … So I rewrote my text, replacing intentionally the word 'federal' with the word 'communautaire', which means exactly the same thing.

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[1] Union of European Federalists Europe
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United European Integration: Westphalian Cooperation or Federalization? Political speeches by Victor Hugo: Victor Hugo, My Revenge is Fraternity!, where he used the term United States of Europe. Habermas, Jürgen. Towards a United States of Europe, signandsight.com Storm over federal Europe
Europe
call, BBC News Online, 13 May 2000 Analysis: What would a federal Europe
Europe
look like? Archival sources deposited by various Federal European Movements and its leaders are consultable at the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence The European Federalist Papers

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