Supranational

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Supranational

Describing an organization that exists in multiple countries. While, theoretically, supranational could refer to multinational corporations, the term most often describes an international government or quasi-government organization. Examples include the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund. Supranational organizations often have a direct role in regulation. For example, an international treaty may set up certain standards for international trade. It is important to note, however, that enforcement of these provisions is left to individual, sovereign governments.
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The proposition that they moved was that nation states were responsible for the war and must be emasculated by being brought into a supra-national state that was to be run by a commission of wise and honest technocrats.
The draft EU constitution outlines a powerful centralized supra-national state, complete with an elected president, a foreign minister and taxing powers.
Unelected and unaccountable, Mr Santer enjoys a supra-national role that could be said to outweigh the importance of any of the leaders of the EU states.
The small worker can easily be trodden underfoot by supra-national corporations where commercial moguls are more intent on maximising their own salaries, than ensuring fair-play for their workforce.
What accounts for the construction of the supra-national European Community in a region long marked by, as Winston Churchill once observed, "ancient nationalistic feuds" ?
In an interview with Sky News last Thursday he said it represents "a huge supra-national accumulation of financial resources."
The Prince also underlined the need for supra-national strategies to create an atmosphere of peace and stability in the region through the conservation of natural and human resources; stressing the importance of investing in human security and dignity.
Leaving aside the thought that a supra-national institution such as the EU should have observed financial discipline for the past 40 years, the member states have agreed that, from 2007 onwards, the agriculture budget will be cut if there are other, more pressing, calls on the EU budget.
This suggests success for the grandest reform of all, a supra-national central bank." At present, despite labor unrest and economic turmoil in the "euro-zone," notes the Journal, "few complain about the loss of 'monetary sovereignty.' World money, with a world central bank, seems a next logical step....
Mr second forecast is that we will see the various joining countries scrapping around to convert their national currencies into the new supra-national one as cheaply as they can.