Sunday, April 15, 2007

Benelux

Pi Kappa Delta, the public speaking society I was in, in college had a unique method of determining which school would be top ranked. Large schools, such as UCLA, would bring dozens of competitors to the tournament, whereas small schools could bring only a handful. A few dozen mediocre performers would still accumulate more points than a couple of stellar performers, so they needed a way to adjust the point rankings. The solution they hit upon was rather brilliant. Points were accumulated every year of competition, and the winner had their tally reduced to zero. The large schools would lap the small schools several times, but eventually, the small schools would win their place in the sun.

I've been thinking about a means of applying such a scenario to the political sphere, and I believe I have found it: the European Union. Currently, the E.U. presidency rotates among the member states, but it has just about reached its practical limit with the current number of members. Plus, whenever Luxemburg's turn comes, it's difficult not to smile to oneself. What if the E.U. adopted a points method for the presidency? The large countries would have proportionally more turns in the presidency, but the small countries, over time, would still be represented.

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