Sovereignty

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Sovereignty

The legal right of a state to govern its own affairs in its own territory without outside interference. Sovereignty may reside with an individual (such as a monarch, sometimes known as a sovereign), a body (such as a parliament) or with the populace as a whole. The notion of sovereignty is less clear in federal governments like the U.S. and Canada, as sovereignty is split between the national government and the regional governments. This is a matter of considerable controversy in some countries.
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In relevant remarks last month, Qassemi underlined the necessity for maintaining Iraq's territorial integrity and national sovereignty, and voiced opposition to any plans to disintegrate the Arab country.
As for Poland, the European Commission has launched an unprecedented inquiry in response to recent legislation that, under the pretense of "protecting national sovereignty," concentrates more power in the government's hands.
That is why a public debate that considers only two extreme scenarios -- imposed integration or absolute national sovereignty -- is misleading and dangerous.
De Jesus said in a statement that Aquino is guilty of violating the Constitution for "his outright sellout of national sovereignty and patrimony through the EDCA.
It is an intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty.
While explaining India's position, Ambassador Dilip Sinha, the permanent representative to the UN, said, " It has been India's firm belief that adopting an intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty and institutions is counterproductive.
An effective union would also force a newly-independent Scotland to hand over some national sovereignty, he said in a speech outlining the potential risks and benefits of currency union.
In addition, Zebari held talks with Afghan defence minister Bismiallah Mohammedi, where both sides discussed views on US defence agreements with both countries, according to national interests and national sovereignty.
The treaty drew a 61-to-38 vote that fell five votes short of the needed two-thirds majority after skittish Republicans bought into a nonsensical attack by right-wing critics that it would undermine national sovereignty.
13:05 Udo Braendle: My approach is: It is possible to believe in universal human rights, but also in national sovereignty.
November 28, 2012 (KHARTOUM) -- The government of North Darfur State voiced reservations over a security strategy that the United Nations-African Union Peacekeeping Mission in the region (UNAMID) aims to adopt in order to protect civilians in Sudan's western region, saying it undermines national sovereignty.
Then we have Christofias, Kyprianou, Omirou and Lillikas getting stressed out because, as they say, our national sovereignty would be threatened if we allow our budget to be decided by the troika.

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