The EU as a Confederal Union of Sovereign Member Peoples
"For, only if we can constitute the EU as a proper union of sovereign Member Peoples, will the EU be able to rest on the shoulders of its 500 million citizens, instead of on those of 28 heads of governments", argues Armin Cuyvers in his thesis.
The thesis of Armin Cuyvers explores a conception of the EU as a modified confederal system of sovereign member peoples and their states. A confederal conception which demonstrates how, contrary to popular belief, European integration does not conflict with sovereignty or democracy. For, properly conceived and constituted, the EU reasserts the sovereignty of the member peoples, and liberates national democracy from the confines of the state.