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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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Churchill and Hertenstein

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Raymond M. Jung D’ARSAC

While still a student in July 1946, I was authorised by Europa-Union (Switzerland) to contact similar pressure groups in other countries inviting them to a conference to set up a federalist umbrella organisation to which we could all belong. The event took place at Hertenstein on the banks of Lake Lucerne and I was appointed rapporteur. Our conclusions – the Hertenstein Programme – set out the basic principles for a European Community on federal lines as ‘a necessary and essential contribution to world union’.

These principles were publicly announced in Lucerne’s large Congress Hall on the 19th of September 1946 while – by a happy coincidence – Britain’s famous wartime prime minister Winston Churchill, speaking at Zurich University that very same day, called on our continent’s war-torn countries to work together to create what he called a sort of United States of Europe. ‘Let Europe Arise!’ was the key message.

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