High Noon: 20 Global Issues, 20 Years to Solve Them

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No Chance for a
World Government
The 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 challenges:
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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