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Rush to UnionUnderstanding the European Federal Bargain$
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David McKay

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198280583.001.0001

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The Puzzle of European Union

The Puzzle of European Union

(p.3) 1 The Puzzle of European Union
Rush to Union

David McKay

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the puzzle concerning the structure and organization of the EU. This puzzles concerns the timing of the formation of the EU and the radical European response to the changed economic circumstances of the 1980s and 1990s. The chapter argues that the union should have been formed during the 1950s when there was a need for enlargement and strengthening to respond to actual or potential military threat, instead of the late 1980s or the early 1990s. It is also a wonder that twelve countries had come together and voluntarily agreed to cede responsibility for major areas of government to a supranational authority.

Keywords:   European Union, economic circumstances, supranational authority, government, international organizations

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