The Trump Administration downgraded the status of the European Union to ‘international organization‘, rescinding the ‘nation-state’ status. This is appropriate since the EU is not a nation-state, it is a union, as the word ‘union’ is in the name. The change affects the EU’s delegation to the USofA.
This will hopefully slow, what I believe, is a growing push to have everyone associated with the EU and elsewhere think the EU is a nation-state.
Will the EU return the favor and downgrade the status of The USofA since it is also a union? I expect not since when it comes to international affairs, the 50 “free sovereign and independent” states use The USofA as their representative body, giving it some powers of a nation-state.
But we should never forget that The USofA is only a union. Remember, Abraham Lincoln vowed to save ‘the union’ and led the ‘union’ army.
If the governor of Iowa visited Australia, his delegation should likely be given ‘nation-state’ status. No other status would be appropriate. At events, the flag of Iowa should be placed by the flag of Australia.
The recent status change for the EU’s mission became clear during the funeral of President George W. H. Bush:
DW.com reports, “At the high-profile event on December 5, as diplomats gathered in Washington to pay their respects, O’Sullivan was not called up in the usual chronological order from the longest-serving to the newest ambassador, said the EU official. “But he was called up as the last person.”
Prior to the demotion, O’Sullivan — who has served as the EU’s ambassador to Washington since 2014 — would have been ranked among the first 20 or 30 ambassadors of the more than 150 foreign representatives dispatched to the US capital.
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Does article three, section two, of the USofA constitution say the states can enter into treaties?
“The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;