Relations between the Officials of the European Communities and the Governments of the Member-States

  • Etienne Hirsch
Part of the Studies in Comparative Politics book series (STCP)


The setting up of communities, acting through their own powers and with competences of which the national governments have divested themselves by treaty, clearly needs an appropriate institutional framework. The development of the European Communities, their day-to-day existence raise problems in human relations which are particularly complex and delicate because of the fact that the actual means of coercion: army, police, fiscal and customs authorities, remain in the hands of the national states, accustomed, through centuries of tradition, to enjoy absolute and unrestricted sovereignty.


National Government Custom Authority National Official European Idealism Universal Suffrage 
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  • Etienne Hirsch

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