[Tagging] Should admin_level=1 tag be applied to EU?

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Thu Jul 30 12:02:16 UTC 2020


On 30.07.20 13:32, Colin Smale wrote:
> The EU is «composed-of» whole member states. It has all the attributes
> of a governmental administrative body - with the executive, parliament
> and justicial branches impacting citizens directly.

To me as a citizen of a EU country it does not feel like the EU is a
higher-level administrative body than the country. Yes, countries have
decided to contractually transfer some rights and responsibilities to
the EU but that doesn't (in my mind) mean the EU is some form of
super-state. Quitting the EU if you don't like it is much easier than
seceding from a country.

I would prefer to map the EU as a contract than as an administrative
boundary. There are many such contracts around the world, where smaller
countries pool their defense or other typically national capabilities,
and I would not be surprised if there were situations where countries
pool their defense with one group, and their currency with another.
Mapping these things as "areas on the map" is old-style cartographic
thinking. We can do better than that.

Even *if* a boundary was mapped, it would probably more pragmatic to map
the outer boundary of the Schengen region than the outer boundary of the
EU states.


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