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The USA has two houses of Congress to pass bills that become law if the president signs the proposal.

In the the European Union, the EU Council proposes bills and sends the proposals to the EU Parliament who can approve the proposal then it becomes law. EU Parliament can also reject or counter offer the proposal back to the EU Council to consider in making an amended proposal back to the EU Parliament.
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There is no mechanism to have any “President” sign any bill into law in the EU. If the EU Parliament passes a bill that it is given, then it becomes EU law. Provided the subject matter of the passed bill is included in the limited subject matter given to the EU Parliament by treaty.
There is no “EU Constitution”. The closest treaty to a ‘Constitution’ is the Lisbon Treaty that was passed only a few years ago, in 2009.
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Only the EU Parliament is elected by popular vote of “the people”. All other EU
Institutions are not voted on by EU citizens. In 2014 the EU will have a big election to elect new (or slightly used) Members of Parliament or MEPs.

A lot of activity is happening in Europe at the present time. ( This story continued after the following informative and exciting video on the EU Parliament, that is presented in British English, M8).

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata&v=Qk6tqv6FQCw

In the USA and in the United Kingdom we have a Common Law System. When a high court decides an issue, then all lower courts, administrative agencies, and people are bound by the law decided in the court case. ( see stare decisis).
In the EU, they have a system of law called “Civil Law”. Court cases decided by high courts does not become a binding part of the law. High Court cases are persuasive but not binding as an integral part of EU Law.
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In the USA the areas of law not ‘occupied’ by the federal government are left to the USA states to legislate.
In the EU, the subjects not given to the EU central government by the various treaties, are reserved for the 27 European countries to continue to legislate in.
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In the USA and in the EU, if a local law is in conflict with a law of the central government, then the local law must be stricken down and not enforced.
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Below is the EU Parliament in action. Big crowd of people, aye?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=uHCqZMe92Us&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Are we having fun yet? You betcha. Who would a thunk that the government’s could vary that much and still be considered fair.
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http://www.europarltv.europa.eu/en/player.aspx?pid=e7ada5b2-b940-4286-b051-a2d7011dcc05
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Watch “Nigel Farage at his best (WITH SUBS)” on YouTube.

There many people in the European Union who can only say positive things about all the countries who have given up major powers to the central E U government. Many like the collective benefits the E U offers its member countries and citizens.

Nigel Farage is definitely not one of those advocates for collectivism. He likes to take the opposite view point to expose E U central government’s waste, misrepresentations, adverse impact on the rights of member states and citizens.

His anti-EU perspective is informative to understanding more of the negative aspects related to the given up rights each country used to have independently.

He has a charmingly British way of insulting and belittling the pro-EU members of the European Parliament.

Yeah, Nigel, open a can of “Woop’Ass”.
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Well that is my story
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… and I’m sticken to it.

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