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I think we can safely say that the EU is highly dysfunctional. Step one should be to refocus on the principle of subsidarity, and claw back all those power from Brussels which are better managed in national capitols. Then in some years, when the EU is actually working in a reasonable way, we can start discussing a more federal solution again.

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by Starvid on Sat Jul 21st, 2012 at 10:17:40 AM EST
But one of the things that makes the EU violate the principle of subsidiarity is that that the national governments use the EU to push legislation it would have problem passing at home and then blaming EU for it. See for example the debate in Sweden about the implementation of the Data storage directive, you rarely heard it mentioned that it was Sweden - or more precisely justive minister Bodström - that initiated it. It was just "Brussels makes us do it". I think it is important to recognise that the Council is a federal chamber, after all the liberum veto did not make Poland an assortment of principalities just a highly dysfunctional state.

So without reform there will be no refocusing.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 at 04:31:43 AM EST
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And the council deliberates in secret.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 at 04:51:36 AM EST
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