posted on Dec, 6 2004 @ 07:26 PM
I believe the concept under all the EU construction is not a party-political one, as well as it is not, also, an ideological substrate.
As we know, the genesis of the EU is founded on the need to keep the different states and their powers balanced and under controlled, as a way to
prevent war in Europe and, necessarily, in the world.
Nowadays, European Union and the European Communities (which are two different things) have a much more large set of competencies, which, at the
beginning, were transferred from the member-states to the created entities (Parliament, Commission, Council, European Council, and the Tribunal),
through the treaties (Treaty of Maastricht, which creates the European Union, and the Treaty of Rome, which creates the European Communities).
The common economical achievement was the start point of this experience, however, nowadays, it is far way above the level of integration. It seems
like if the organisms created by the treaty have, really, absorbed the natural sphere of sovereignty from the member-states, stretching the powers of
the member-states who created the institutions.
More than an economical goal, the communities legislate over a larger number of matters, such as environment, commerce, and industry. The powers of
the institution and the law emanated from them are supra statal powers aiming to harmonize the differences among the 25 member-states, which is
light-up with the European Citizens representation on the parliament.
The proof that there are a much larger parties, and ideologies, working in the process, and not a mainly one overwhelming all the others came with the
voting process of the last EU Commission: the parliament, recently composed by representatives of 25 member-states, in a total of around 730 deputies,
would not have approved the commission even if a party-ideology had the majority of the votes. The small parties had an extremely important word to
say, and the EU system proved to be fair enough to the social and ideology minorities, which conquered their space in the parliament.
It is true that some member-states have a more powerful ascendant over the other; usually the larger countries over the smaller countries, and we
might question if there is no possibility that those countries try to gain advantage. I believe this might happen. However, even then smaller
countries may have a preponderant role, once their decision, many times, can block an entire process, and stop the “dark” intentions of the other
Do you think it is being taken a dangerous path in which concerns to the economical and, even, social safety and stability of the world as a
consequence of european union and communities political options?
[edit on 6-12-2004 by Falkner]