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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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Prospects for the European Federal Bargain

Prospects for the European Federal Bargain

(p.172) 8 Prospects for the European Federal Bargain
Rush to Union

David McKay

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the viability of the European Federal bargain. It argues that though the EU#x0027;s competence in such areas as competition policy and environmental protection has increased in recent years, this competence is not remotely equivalent to the powers of a nation state. In several respects, the signing of the Maastricht Treaty may indeed be considered as a ‘rush to union’. It appears inevitable that the remainder of the 1990s will be devoted to a renegotiation of the original federal bargain and only a core of the existing EU states may eventually agree to the creation of a genuine federal state.

Keywords:   European federal bargain, European Union, Maastricht Treaty, federal state, competition policy, environmental protection

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