Following the shocking results of the Brexit referendum in June 2016 and the Greek referendum rejecting austerity measures in 2015, many believe that the EU is undergoing a legitimacy crisis. The most vocal Eurosceptics claim that the EU threatens individual Member State sovereignty, with the chief concern being that the EU's decision-making mechanisms are leaving certain Member States overruled in major decisions. This Comment explores the decision-making mechanisms employed at the supranational level of the EU, with a particular focus on the EU's sanctions regime, revealing the heart of the struggle between efficiency in decision-making and preservation of national sovereignty. This Comment concludes that the safeguards in place in the founding treaties are flawed, but there are solutions available to improve the decision-making process in the sanctions regime.
Melanie C. Papadopoulos,
Do the Decision-Making Mechanisms in the EU Undermine Member States' National Interest?: A Case Study of the Sanctions Regime,
Emory Int'l L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.law.emory.edu/eilr/vol31/iss4/3