Ten principles of EU policy | EU policy and policy making 1

1. EU policies affect people differently across territories and social groups. 2. People support the EU based on what they gain or lose from its policies. 3. The EU is ruled by national leaders. 4. Good policy is not always good politics. 5. The customs union favours the EU centre at the expense of the periphery. 6. The EU budget is very small and regressive. 7. Leaders of small or undemocratic member states can be bought up with side payments. 8. Large member states are threatened with exclusion. 9. The EU has a protectionist bias. 10. EU foreign policy is anecdotal or pork barrel politics.