17The conundrum of the European Union shows why a world government would not be feasible. Despite major achievements, as the
EU moves into the complex process of enlarging itself to include many
other countries, deep questions have surfaced about its political identity and structure. Following proposals by Jacques Delors, Valéry
Giscard d'Estaing, Helmut Schmidt, and others, German Foreign
Minister Joschka Fischer launched a major debate in 2000 when he
proposed a European federation with a constitution, two parliamentary
chambers, an executive, and some sort of "subsidiarity" principle attached to it all, so that EU nation-states would emerge intact. This debate still rages.As attractive as the federalist idea may be—I am among those who
believe it may well be a must for Europe—the vision faces massive
No Chance for a
|• ||The sheer complexity of the arrangements as fifteen, then perhaps
twenty-five, then eventually twenty-eight or more EU member
states scramble for weight and representation in the new structure.|
|• ||The unavoidable distance between people and the new executive
that, even with universal suffrage, could widen the already deep
gap between EU member-state citizens and Brussels. |
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Book title: High Noon:20 Global Issues, 20 Years to Solve Them.
Contributors: J. F. Rischard - Author.
Publisher: Basic Books.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2002.
Page number: 165.
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