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Member states do maintain distinct politi- 20 COTTS cal and judicial systems, but that can be said of many federal nation-states, including the United States. ”45 Borders—External For some, the erosion of European international frontiers is seen as proof-positive that Europe is moving beyond the “outmoded concept” of the nation-state. Victor Segesvary, a Hungarian academic and United Nations expert on social and economic development, says, “If there is a chance to deconstruct the dominant political institution of modernity, the nation-state, it will be in Europe, where Western civilization was born because .

Tridimas, “European Court of Justice,” 74–82. 25. Pollack, Engines of European Integration, 160–62. 26. ” 27. EU-Japan Center, “Analysis of the Electricity Sector Liberalisation,” 3–5. 28. ” 29. Ross, Linking Europe, 54. 30. Eurostat, Panorama of Transport, 19–23. 31. European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, 4–6. 32. , 5–6. 33. European Commission, Driving Licenses in the European Union and in the European Economic Area, 3. 29 WALKER PAPER 34. Brown, Sovereignty, Rights and Justice, 35.

Unfortunately, as Mearsheimer points out, NATO and all effective international institutions merely reflect the existing power structure rather than subverting it. International cooperation continues in a competitive world and reflects the competitive interests of its participants. 15 NATO survived into the twenty-first century only because it continued to fulfill a power-related function, even after the resolution of the Cold War. NATO allowed the United States to hedge against the reemergence of a strong Russia.

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