Almost all democratic bodies, whether states, international organizations, corporations, or institutions with members and a governing structure, are based on constitutions. These outline the purposes and rules of the body, list its governing principles, and provide it with legal authority. The EU has no formal constitution as such, having instead agreed a series of treaties among its members that have played almost the same role: they include declarations about the purposes and powers of the EU, and rules on the functioning of its institutions and the obligations of its members.
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