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Federalism

A Political Theory for Our Time

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Edited By Lucio Levi, Giampiero Bordino and Antonio Mosconi

This volume is a collection of essays published between 1999 and 2015 in the review The Federalist Debate. The book highlights the issue of federalism intended as a theoretical paradigm to interpret the major problems of our age, and in particular the issues of peace and war in a world characterized by an uncontrolled globalization.

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The Birth of the UEF

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Jean-Pierre GOUZY

15 December 1946, 9 rue Auber, Opera quarter in Paris: the Union of European Federalists (UEF) is established, at the headquarters of “La Fédération”, the principal French federalist movement of the time.

This momentous occasion was not the result of coincidence… it would probably never have taken place without the repercussions of the 1941 Ventotene manifesto, without the European resistance of men like Henri Brugmans, Henri Frenay and Altiero Spinelli, future leaders, of, amongst other things, the UEF; without similar meetings, like that of the “Socialistes européens” in Montrouge in June 1946; that of intellectuals in Geneva like Jaspers, Spendler, de Rougemont, Lukács in September 1946, and of course the meeting in Hertenstein on the edge of the Quatre Cantons Lake from September 15 to September 22, 1946, the same year during which Churchill made his famous speech on September 19, in Zurich, in which he proudly said: “Stand up Europe! We have to create a United States of Europe”.

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