Proposed improvements


The text of the Federal Constitution is a draft. Within ten articles we describe: a) a vertical division of powers (Kompetenz Katalog), b) a horizontal division of powers (trias politica), c) checks and balances (equilibrium between the branches when they need each other), d) dualism (parliament and president have their own democratic mandate), e) bill of rights, f) the federation is of the citizens), g) mutual rights and duties between the states and between the federal body, states and citizens. That is all there is. This has proven to be sufficient to unite 50 states in America. Who dares to say that this would not be applicable to Europe is talking nonsense. The United States of America and other large Federations have proven the contrary, for many decades.

However, being a draft these ten articles might be improved indeed. By you, the reader. We invite you to propose improvements as regards the contents. But notice this: we stick to ten articles. There will not be an article eleven or twelve. If you propose improvements you  have to find room for that within the ten articles. Apart from improvements as regards the contents we welcome of course also improvements of the wording. Be so kind as to understand that we, Leo Klinkers and Herbert Tombeur, possess enough knowledge to see when a proposed improvement is an improvement indeed.

We put the Dutch proposals on the Dutch side of the website and the English proposals on both sides. How we will handle proposal from other languages we do not know yet. When we get a sufficient number of propose improvements we will design an improved draft Federal Constitution.

Proposal by Jakub Jermar, 29 May 2013

Having studied the Papers and the reasoning for choosing Eurozone as the basis for the Federation, I still think that this is unnecessarily exclusive. Why not simply use "European Union" instead of "Eurozone" in the wording of the preamble? This would be analogous to the US Constitution and the Swiss constitution from 1874, where they also used the name of the then existing confederations. In both of these cases, was this meant to leverage the possible existing identifications and attachments of the people with what the people already had and knew? Both of these federations for some reason retained the official names of the old confederations. Back to the original remark, European Union is also the official formal name, whereas Eurozone is rather informal.

"It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force."— Alexander Hamilton