The EU has a complex network of institutions, but they have evolved on the basis of short-term needs and compromises, with little sense of what the ‘government’ of the EU might eventually become. The result has been the creation less of a structured system of government than of a fluid system of governance: decisions, laws and policies are made without the existence of formally acknowledged institutions of government. The member states are still the only formal governments, with a strong grip on the policy process, but — as we saw in Chapter 1 — the EU has gone far beyond the definition of a standard intergovernmental organization.
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