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Европска унија – од добровољног савеза до „добре империје“
European Union – From Voluntary Union to “Benevolent Empire”

Author(s): Slobodan Samardžić
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Geopolitics
Published by: Српска академија наука и уметности
Keywords: the european Union; integration; transformation; crisis management; rule of law; democracy; authoritarian regime; empire; center-periphery

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with key thesis that the european Union was passing a deep trans formation path during last two decades. main internal causes lie in unfinished prospects of integration formulated in the maastricht treaty (1993) – common foreign policy, internal affairs, monetary union and enlargement policy. some indicators of crisis could be observed already before the appearance of the big financial crisis (2008). The crisis, however, has changed internal mechanism of Union’s functioning. Four main indicators are pointed out: legal instruments of counter-crisis management have been transformed into quasi-legal acts of undeclared state of exception; mechanisms of members-states’ budgets control has been exceeded the non-conferred powers of the member-states; an extra-legal hierarchy between member states has been established; finally, an accession and neighbours policies are being transformed into expansive geo-politics of the eU. The conclusion of the analysis directs to an imperial model of Union’s emerging setup. The new core-Union represents itself as a benevolent empire before its emerging internal and external periphery. In accordance to its coercive character, however, the new mode of integration has been replacing the old associative community model.