This booklet offers a basic advent to the ecu Union (EU) as an ever nearer union of states and peoples. It describes how, from its foundation in 1958 as an fiscal neighborhood of six states, the ecu has grown right into a political entity of 25 states with a inhabitants of greater than 450 million. It additionally explains the constitution-making procedure that's presently taking place—with a draft structure now being submitted for ratification via the 25 member states. The ebook indicates how the specific good points of a democratic polity that symbolize the separate european member states are steadily replicated within the eu Union and the way the Union is on its technique to turning into a democratic polity of its personal kind.

Van Gerven writes from a felony standpoint, with a watch to political idea and up to date American and ecu heritage, and with a various readership from either side of the Atlantic in mind.

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