European Union Essay

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The European Union is an illusive entity much like person with a personality disorder. Academics try to pin it down and categorise it with their normative theories but so far it has been hard to rationalise and predict the European Union’s behaviour. Once we think we know what it is, it has already changed its institutional architecture. We can try and locate traits and characteristics of the European Union that are similar to other political and social entities that already exist and apply existing normative theories to the EU. But we will quickly find that it is like trying to push a square into a circle; nothing seems to capture the essence of the illusive European Union – it is much like a wild stallion that no horse whisperer can tame, except it is best to think of the horse whisperer as a large group of frustrated academics. The European Union moves in between supra-nationalism, intergovernmentalism and it also sometimes appears to be a confederation. Most of the time it acts on a totally new accord and is therefore a sui generis phenomenon. All of these approaches to investigating the European Union are completely valid. However, there can be negative implications when the EU is measured against systems that we already have normative theories for. The EU’s democratic deficit in particular is an example that will be investigated in this essay. The EU is often compared to standards of democracy that exist in nationhood states and consequently it fails to meet the criteria. One of the solutions proposed for the democratic deficit is to push more European level media in order to create a public sphere, which will produce imagined community – what is needed for nation-building (identity-building), discussion and debate through a euro-filter rather than a national filter which is currently happening. In this essay I wish to discuss the absence of an EU level

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