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I just noticed a detail – the draft constitution requires the candidate to have had residency of ‘one of the States of the Federation’.
While the Court of Justice would have to decide on the specifics, it appears to me that it could require that the candidate has been in the same state for twelve years. Surely we consider it acceptable for someone who has lived 5 years in the Netherlands, 4 years in Portugal, and 3 years in Finland to be enough of a European resident to be tried as presidential candidate?
I suggest we alter it from ‘one of the States of the Federation’ to ‘of the Federation’ because with the creation of the Federation all the citizens of the member states become citizens of the federation – and we already require citizenship.