The European Union has become the foremost transnational organization in terms of binding rights and shared obligations. Starting with the European Community of Coal and Steel in 1952 as a means of preventing France and Germany from ever going to a war with each other again, and the Roman Treaty of 1958 with six founding states, it eventually expanded to include twenty-seven member states. And its expansion is not over. A remarkable set of rights has been consigned to the community along this development. The European Union is much more than a coordinator of the actions of its member states; it is an actor in its own right. Its powers are greatest in the economic sphere as it can enforce the working of the Single ...

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