The EU exists first and foremost to further the interests of its member states. It is, therefore, hardly surprising that, as previous chapters of this book have shown, the member states are core EU actors. This chapter examines the varying impacts of EU membership on the member states, the ways in which the EU is structured to accommodate and integrate the differing interests of its member states, and how the member states behave and act in the EU. At the end of the chapter, consideration is given to the relative influence exercised by states in the EU. The EU is a voluntary organisation. No member state will retain its membership if its national leaders do not judge that the benefits of membership outweigh the costs. But, states pay a price for EU membership. The nature of the price varies between states but usually has two main aspects. The first and most obvious is that there is a substantial loss of national decisionmaking powers.
Swipe to navigate through the chapters of this book
Please log in to get access to this content
To get access to this content you need the following product:
- The Member States
- Macmillan Education UK
- Sequence number
- Chapter number