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  Politics of the European Union - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The European Union or EU is a supranational and international organization of 25 member states.
The three main institutions of the European Union are the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, and the European Commission.
The European Commission is led by appointees, who are proposed by member state governments, and the Commission as a whole must then be accepted by the European Parliament.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Politics_of_the_European_Union   (390 words)

 European Union - MSN Encarta
In 1991 the governments of the 12 member states signed the Treaty on European Union (commonly called the Maastricht Treaty), which was then ratified by the national legislatures of all the member countries.
Some supporters of European political unity, such as the French statesman Jean Monnet, further believed that if the nations of Europe were to resume a dominant role in world affairs, they had to speak with one voice and command resources comparable to those of the United States.
Economic and political viewpoints merged in the assumptions that economic strength was the basis of political and military power, and that a fully integrated European economy would reduce conflict among European nations.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761579567/European_Union.html   (887 words)

 Identity-politics in the European Union
The net upshot of this is to note that it is necessary to distinguish between a politics of national difference fostered by established nation-states with a specific territorial basis and a distinct voice in the integration process on the one hand, and a politics of group-based difference, on the other.
Within the politics of recognition there is a deep tension between the universalist thrust for equal dignity and the particularist thrust for difference and uniqueness, both of which are well-entrenched at international, European, and national levels.
Bulmer, S.J. (1996) “The European Council and the Council of the European Union: Shapers of a European Confederation”,
www.arena.uio.no /publications/wp01_17.htm   (9953 words)

 INTL 4640 - The Politics of the European Union
INTL 4640 - The Politics of the European Union
A general debate on the European Union, in order to prepare for the Irish EU presidency the second half of 1996, and to react to the European Council meeting in Florence.
INTL 4640 - The Politics of the European Union / maurits@uga.edu
www.arches.uga.edu /~maurits/06S_intl4640   (299 words)

 Political Science Y350: Politics of the European Union
The member states of the EU now coordinate all of their economic and trade policies, have eliminated visa requirements for other member states’ citizens, share a common currency, send delegates to a European parliament, are writing a “European constitution,” and are discussing the creation of a common foreign and military policy.
The European Union has been incredibly successful at fostering the economic well-being of its members, as well as fulfilling its original goal of preventing another pan-European war.
The “core” EU states want to deepen the level of political integration that has already been begun, but the publics in several member states are already complaining loudly about the sacrifice of sovereignty that was necessary to achieve economic integration.
www.ipfw.edu /pols/SYLLABI/041/Y350ORTS.htm   (1766 words)

 European Union ( EU ) Constitution - Politics European Union
Frankly I think it is a major miracle that the 25 Nations of Europe have managed to agree a 'Constitution' for the Union which both tidies up existing treaty arrangements and reforms some of the structures to better reflect a union of twenty five - without neutering it to the point of pointlessness.
To be elected by a qualified majority of European Council (member states' leaders) for a two-and-a-half year term, renewable once.
As another safeguard, if EU members are acting on their own rather than the European commission or the foreign affairs minister's initiative, they must muster a majority of 72 percent of states with 65 percent of the population.
www.anoasis.co.uk /content/2004/06/19/Politics/european_union_eu_constitution.html   (715 words)

 POLI 325: The Politics Of The European Union - Department of Politics and International Relations at Lancaster ...
The course is intended to provide a comprehensive survey of the politics of European Union, covering the origins of the EU, the principal institutions of the EU, the main policies of the EU, and the main theoretical debates on the EU.
It begins by considering the treaties that led to the contemporary union and focuses on the key strains of thought that have given rise to contemporary debates about the form the European Union ought to take.
The structure of decision-making is explored with particular emphasis upon the role(s) of the European Council, Council of Ministers and the Commission.
www.lancs.ac.uk /fss/politics/ugrd/courses/325.htm   (344 words)

 PS498-03 - The Politics of the European Union   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The European Council (heads of government) and the Council of the European Union (ministers in particular issue areas)
The European Foreign Policy Bulletin, a database of all documents issued by the European Union in the area of foreign policy since 1985.
European Research Papers Archive, with copies of recent working papers on EU issues at various institutions.
www.sas.upenn.edu /~maurits/PS498-2001S/index.html   (230 words)

Unlike most commentators, for the most part European lawyers steeped in doctrinal exegesis rather than policy analysis (and who maintain a wall between political science and law), Conant expends little energy examining the arguments of the judgments.
Those steeped in American constitutional law and theory rather than European Union policy might also be taken aback by the cavalier way that Conant deals with the issue of the intent of the framers—in this case, the drafters of the treaties (or subsequent laws).
While no competent observer of the European Union would fail to note the significant role of the ECJ as a policy player, too often in political science in both Europe and the United States, courts are bracketed from discussions about politics and policy making and relegated to specialized courses.
www.bsos.umd.edu /gvpt/lpbr/subpages/reviews/conant-lisa.htm   (2076 words)

 European Union Basics (FAQ), Part3/8
EU Basics FAQ: The European Parliament [questionsabout...] Personal note: you will notice that in all EU institutions, there is an asymmetry between the number of inhabitants of member states and the number of representatives they have in the various institutions (e.g.
This is a compromise between the supranational principle of one-inhabitant-one-vote and the intergovernmental principle of one-government-one-vote, and thus an illustration of the general ambiguity between supranational and intergovernmental principles that so characterizes the European Union.
Some MEPs call themselves associate (rather than +full;) members of a political group; this reflects the fact that they are not bound by the common manifesto/platform of the pan-European political party behind the group, usually because their national party is not a member of this pan-European political party.
www.faqs.org /faqs/european-union/basics/part3   (1376 words)

This course is designed to be an introduction to the history, political institutions, and policy of the European Union.
The creation and development of the European Union is one of the most fascinating political events of the last 50 years.
WK 6 Institutions of the European Union: The European Parliament.
web.clas.ufl.edu /users/kreppel/EUinst.html   (561 words)

 European Union Basics (FAQ), Part2/8
As the debate over the European Union is likely to focus strongly on the IGC in the course of this year, we have added a special section[3] on it to this list.
Thus, as far as the European Communities are concerned, there was indeed a (coincidental) correspondence between the number of member states and the number of stars in the flag.
Defence At stake is the relationship between the Union and the defence alli ance, the Western European Union, whose founding treaty expires in 19 98.
www.cs.uu.nl /wais/html/na-dir/european-union/basics/part2.html   (2980 words)

 European Union: Europe´s First Government Crisis
While discussing these critical financial items the European leaders also had to consider the reaction of the international financial markets, especially for the weakness of the new Euro currency.
As current chairman of the European Council, Schröder therefore visited fourteen capitals in only five days to meet his prime minister colleagues, promote his compromise model for the Agenda 2000 and find a successor for Santer.
Chairman Schröder could, however, be quite pleased with the result, since he had shown his ability and determination as a European leader as well as his support for the European integration process.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/european_politics/18683/3   (497 words)

 SAGE Publications - European Union Politics
"European Union Politics brings together substantive expertise on EU issues with theoretical understanding of debates in the social sciences, and methodological sophistication in the presentation of arguments.
Patrick Dunleavy, London School of Economics, UK European Union Politics is an exciting international journal that provides the forum for advanced research on all aspects of the processes of government, politics and policy in the European Union.
Launched by a global editorial team and with a commitment to the highest scholarly standards, European Union Politics adopts a transnational approach to the challenges that the project of European integration faces in the 21st century.
www.sagepub.co.uk /journal.aspx?pid=105545   (311 words)

 International Politics: Brussels plans European Union Navy.
The European Commission has drawn up plans to set up a European coastguard, which critics fear is a back-door attempt by Brussels to create an EU navy with its own powers to stop and search shipping.
The European parliament has long supported forming an EU coastguard, claiming that the principle of the coastguard is already accepted by all EU governments, including Britain.
Critics say a European coastguard would be more complicated to set up than a European army because national coastguards today have varying functions, both military and civil.
www.canadiancontent.net /forums/about15230.html   (863 words)

 European Union Basics (FAQ), Part1/8
Message-ID: X-Last-Updated: 1997/03/07 From: eubasics@allmansland.com Newsgroups: talk.politics.european-union, eunet.politics, alt.politics.ec Subject: European Union Basics (FAQ), Part1/8 Reply-To: eubasics@allmansland.com (Roland Siebelink) X-URL: http://eubasics.allmansland.com/index.html Summary: This file is part of an eight-part posting containing basic information about the European Union and other related or unrelated European political organisations.
It is hoped to serve both as background information for those wishing to discuss European politics on the talk.politics.european-union newsgroup, and as a general reference for anyone concerned with politics in Europe.
Information about the European Court of Justice has expanded considerably thanks to a major contribution by Frangois Thunus.[7] For now the Court's section[8] still lives in the +Other EU Institutions; file, but it may soon qualify for its own if more information keeps getting added...
www.faqs.org /faqs/european-union/basics/part1   (676 words)

 PLS 547 The Politics of the European Union   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
PLS 547 The Politics of the European Union
The European Union (EU) represents the most successful attempt of integrating several sovereign nation-states into a supranational entity.
In sum, this course is designed to show students the importance of the EU and its individual members, and to help them to evaluate the prospects of a United States of Europe.
courses.missouristate.edu /brk265f/PLS547.htm   (888 words)

 Study International Business and Politics in the European Union: Academic Program and Course Descriptions
The course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to current commercial, financial, political and economic situations in Europe with emphasis on the further development of the European Union, the euro and European integration.
Exchange rates and their control, the European monetary system, the euro and monetary integration, financial institutions and balance of payments issues are explored in a European context.
An Introduction to the European Union; J. McCormick’s Understanding the European Union, Oxford University Press (2002); and Neil and Barbezat’s The Economics of the European Union and The Economics of Europe, Oxford University Press, latest editions.
www.aifsabroad.com /css/multimarket/courses.htm   (582 words)

 Politics of the European Union
It covers the emergence of the ‘Community method’ and the growth of supranational institutions and discusses, against this background, current issues such as the Union’s ‘democratic deficit’, the concept of subsidiarity and the effects of integration on Member States’ sovereignty.
N. Nugent, The Government and Politics of the European Union, Ch.4 pp 103-118 and Ch.
M.Keating, ‘Europeanism and Regionalism’, in M.Keating and B.Jones, Regions in the European Union, pp.1-22
www.ceu.hu /crc/Syllabi/west-syllabi/documents/Ires/christiansen2.html   (1144 words)

 Politics and Policy | European Union Fails To Match U.S. Pledge of $1B to Global Fund, Affirms Commitment To Fighting ...
European Union leaders on Friday at a summit in Greece were unable to agree on pledging about $1 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that would have matched a U.S. pledge and instead "merely" reaffirmed their commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, the
The final text of the statement did not include the amount the European Union would pledge in fiscal year 2004, despite a draft conclusion stating that Europe would contribute "up to" one billion euros ($1.17 billion) to the fund next year.
It calls upon each member state and the [European] Commission to make a substantial contribution on a long-term basis, to the financing of the fund." The final amount will be discussed at the upcoming Global Fund supporters' meeting scheduled for July 16 in Paris, according to
www.kaisernetwork.org /daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?hint=1&DR_ID=18410   (392 words)

 Global-Investor Bookshop : The Government and Politics of the European Union by Neill Nugent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Amongst new material is a chapter on the Treaty of Nice and more extensive coverage of enlargement as well as analyses of changing and developing policy areas such as the Cotonou Agreement, the Lisbon process, and security and defence.
NEILL NUGENT is Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Manchester Metropolitan University.
If you need bulk copies of The Government and Politics of the European Union, or are interested in opening a corporate account, please contact us.
books.global-investor.com /books/21760.htm   (523 words)

 Poli 414/533, F01 Politics of the European Union
This course is designed as an advanced seminar in comparative politics for majors and honours and MA students in political science and for students doing the `European Studies Concentration'.
We shall look at the history of the EU, the role of the various institutions of the EU, analyse how they came into being, what their role is and how much autonomy these institutions as well as national governments and other actors have in the policy process.
Edwards, Geoffrey and Pijpers, Alfred (eds) The Politics of European Treaty Reform.
web.uvic.ca /~polisci/verdun/courses/414   (2217 words)

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