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I have postulated elsewhere, contemporary ructions within EU member states as well as evolution and adoption of EP authorities is analogous to historical establishment of a strong central government bureaucracy and common currency among the USA, culminating in a notorious civil war here. Several european politicians have denied this analogy, "United States of Europe". Nonetheless, here you --as well as innerboob spectators in the USA -- feebly grappling competition among signatories to retain "sovereignty" while a bloodless political revolution ripens. The US gov't required some 100 years and trillions of US Treasury income tax authority and revenue, distributed as block grants ("incentives") among the sovereign states, to obviate "consensus" among states' legislators (10th Amd.). The EP is but 30-years-old.
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in review, you may evaluate and anticipate controversy within EU social structures as I do from some perspective on perfect unions, not addressed from black histories of "civilization".
Article II. Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every Power, Jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 07:29:38 PM EST
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I submit that is the wrong simile. The US took about 10 years, give or take two or three, to go from the Articles of Confederation to the federal Constitution.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 08:58:58 PM EST
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No.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 09:28:19 PM EST
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US CIVIL WAR plus Reconstruction Acts of 1867 which concluded, or restored the union, 1877.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 09:29:53 PM EST
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The timeline doesn't have to be the same for the EU as for the USA. And the USA's structure should not be considered an ideal goal, obviously! But the advantages of federation over confederation are apparent in both cases.
by asdf on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 12:09:10 AM EST
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Although the century is young, EU leadership is doing its damnedest to avoid bloody civil war: "unprecedented." Call me in 2068 by ouija board.

As for "advantages of federation over confederation", apparent agreement of the peoples, even those correspondents at eurotrib, remains to be seen.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 12:53:13 PM EST
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