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The EU A balance of sovereignty and centralizationThe European Union faces a number of problems that are inherent in the forming of a union out of disparate member states One such problem is the integration of the various states without causing a loss in the individual vigor of each member state that is involved There is also the problem of creating an effective European government whilst avoiding over centralization and the progression to a Federation of European states In a sense the progression to a EUnited States of Europe The notion of this sort of union is one that sits on the edge of any discussions of the European Union and its further integration The temptation to move in this direction however needs to be rejected for the creation of a New Europe in this image would be to destroy the unique contributions that each member state brings on its own For the purpose of this paper I will be focusing primarily on the Draft treaty of the European Union which was adopted by the European parliament on the 14th of February 1984 and reflects the continuing preoccupation with the problem of a community that is too weak in relation to its member states whereas once a union is established with competent abilities and powers and majority voting the problem will then become a union the is too strong in relation to its states This balancing act between creating a European Union that is effective while at the same time respectful of its local governments and the integrity of its member states will be discussed further in this paper Looking at the last three decades of European integration we can see a remarkable account of integration and an example of effective shared rule and participation In the European Union this goal has gone from myth to reality Historically most federations or unions of member states have either dissolved or become full-fledged Federal states with the
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