How To Build A More Perfect Union

The United States of Europe isn't a term to be uttered lightly, yet it was tripping over many tongues — in many tongues — as the Convention for the Future of Europe began last week. The meeting of the 105 delegates to the Convention, drawn from the 15 current European Union member states and 13 candidate countries, is tasked with solving some of the E.U.'s most stubborn conundrums. How to accord the necessary power to E.U. institutions without giving up the democratic control that now resides mostly in national capitals? How to untangle the often overlapping competences of local, regional, national...

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