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The EU and the Unanimity Trap

May 1, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
In this photo, Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa during a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels during March 2018.

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left) speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa during a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on March 23, 2018. EU leaders adopted negotiating guidelines for talks on the future relationship with the United Kingdom, the European Council said.

(LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The European Union requires unanimous consent before it can make its biggest decisions. The veto power that each member state possesses will continue to snarl efforts to deepen integration and to make the bloc more nimble....

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