17 Jul Is the European Union Now a State?
Yes, says Daniel Hannan, a journalist and British MEP. At least under those famous Montevideo factors, now that the E.U. has recently acquired the capacity to sign treaties.
I don’t know if things are quite so easy. For one thing, the E.U. does not itself necessarily consider itself a state, and it is not exactly clear if other states recognize the E.U. as a state. And if the E.U. is a state, what happens to all those member nations (with all those great soccer teams)?
But Hannan is right that the E.U. is certainly heading in the statehood direction, and that this will further complicate everyone’s relations with it for the near future.