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The Constitution of European Democracy$
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Dieter Grimm

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805120.001.0001

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Europe Needs Principles, Not Pragmatism

Europe Needs Principles, Not Pragmatism

(p.233) 12 Europe Needs Principles, Not Pragmatism
The Constitution of European Democracy

Dieter Grimm

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the question of European statehood, arguing that what is needed is not pragmatism but greater orientation to principles and more explanations of consequences. It first considers the EU’s ultimate goal: whether it should become the United States of Europe or whether it should remain a community of Member States who unite for specific purposes in areas that they can better address unitedly than separately. It then explains how the transformation of European institutions in accordance with a nation-state model would lead towards a European state, suggesting that one cannot transform the EU’s institutional structure on the nation-state model and at the same time defer to a later date the question of European statehood. It also considers the German Federal Constitutional Court’s role in bridging the scope of EU powers and the autonomy of European decision-making on the one hand, and European democracy on the other.

Keywords:   pragmatism, principles, European Union, United States of Europe, Member States, nation-state, European state, European statehood, German Federal Constitutional Court, democracy

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