It is within the political context of this notion that concern has arisen within the membership of the EU. However, by redefining our perceptions of what is entailed with adoption of an EU constitution we will see that with or without the constitution the EU will continue to function in much the same way as it has since its inception. However, with a shift in thinking the possibilities of what it can become with adoption of the constitution becomes even more intriguing.
The European Union is unique in that it is not a sovereign nation in the traditional legal sense, rather a legal alliance comprised of many different sovereign states. Yet, through its shared power it has decision making authority to act on behalf of its member states while holding no sovereign or military power of its own. While this may be true, there are also strengths involved in this configuration. Unlike an individual sovereign state which is limited by its own resources and individual structure, the EU can draw on a vast array of resources when necessary from each of its member states (Gourlay 404).
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Miriam Webster dictionary defines democracy as "government by the people; especially: rule of the majority." In the context of the EU, this is the case of the founding principles of the EU within the scope of its authority. The problem lies with the fear that sharing this umbrella with member nations, the uniqueness of each individual nation may become blurred and worse, as some fear, overlooked. The benefit of redefining what a democracy can be is looking beyond borders of nations and basing decisions on consensus and common, shared goals where the total strength of many untied for exceeds the sum of the total alone.
Miriam Webster dictionary defines sovereignty as "supreme power especially over a body politic." When one refers to sovereignty generally it is perceived to be within the framework of a separate governmental body comprised of a separate state or nation. However there is somewhat of precedence for a more all encompassing body that sits above a group of nations. Several examples of these would be the United Nations and the International Court of Justice. The limitations, however, surface when you consider that neither of these entities has enforceable authority; they rely on each individual state within their membership to self monitor and enforce the decisions within their own state.
In so far as the EU has no sovereignty on its own right according to the strict dictionary definition and meaning commonly arrived at by the populous, redefining what sovereignty is or, maybe more accurately, what we perceive it to be, may be in order. Although the definition of sovereignty has been interpreted differently over the centuries of its use there are some fundamental precepts