European Union issues
in Understanding British and European political issues

This chapter describes the main issues facing the European Union. The impending enlargement of the Union makes the need for democratic reforms more pressing. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has proved to be one of the most unpopular aspects of the EU and certainly the most difficult to reform. Most European states have adopted the European Convention of Human Rights. However this does not mean that the principle of human rights has been fully established throughout Europe. Some states, including the UK, do not treat it as binding and it is not fully comprehensive. Civil rights campaigners have, as two of their goals, the establishment of a European Bill of Rights and a universal concept of European citizenship. The development of the single currency has, of course, been of great importance to the European project.

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