UNITED STATES OF EUROPE
Henry Farrell has a couple of posts (top one linked) on the proposed new constititution for the European Union. If I’m understanding it correctly–and I may not be–it appears that they are contemplating a switch akin to the move the US made in going from the Articles of Confederation to the present Constitution. The inclusion of a “supremacy clause” in the draft document is especially interesting.
While I think, for reasons Friedman outlined in The Lexus and the Olive Tree, that eventual consolidation of Europe is probably inevitable, this would not seem the most propitious time to introduce such a move. Given the recent clash between the most prominent EU members over the Iraq war, one would think nationalist arguments would be even more persuasive. I can’t imagine either the UK or France would be especially inclined to cede more control to the other.