The Eu and Its Member Countries: Differences and Relations with and Within a Supranational Body

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Table of contents

1. Introduction 2
2. The variety of economic and political systems in Europe 3
3. The institution European Union. 7
4. The impact of the EU on its member states. 11
5. Lobbying in the EU. 13
6. Conclusion 17
References 17
Appendices 17

1. Introduction

On January 1st. 2007, the European Union (EU) has completed its last enlargement round till now by accepting Romania and Bulgaria as full members. The union now counts 27 member states, incorporating an enormous number of more than half a billion inhabitants. Obviously, each member largely effects and is affected by the European Union. The research interest of this paper is therefore to shed light on the construct European Union, by exploring the relationship between the European Union, its member states and constituents.

The topic will be approached by first examining the varieties and interrelations of political and economic systems in major European countries. In a second step, the organizations and the governance of the European Union will be discussed, leading to the analysis of the EU impact on its member states. The third part is an analysis of the expression of interest in the EU. Finally, main arguments will be summarized to arrive at a conclusion.

2. The variety of economic and political systems in Europe

The legitimation of a community like the European Union is inevitably linked to the existence and reliance of all member states on certain common grounds, shared by all members. On the dimension of political and economic systems, these commonalities are general visions of sustained peace between nations and economic relationships between the members, fostering wealth and prosperity (Calleo 2009, p.4). On a closer examination though, member countries of the European Union show…...

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