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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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Back to the Dream

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Barbara SPINELLI

It was one of those works – the unity between the Europeans built after the war – that men undertake when they approach the brink of the abyss, and decide at this moment to take a look at themselves: when they see the disasters they were capable of, and explore the reasons of a fallibility too callous to be fruitful. And yet, they are not blasé enough, not overwhelmed by the indolence that according to Paul Valéry was the sickness of the European spirit after the 1914-1918 war: the “tedium of rehearsing the past and the folly of always trying to innovate”, the unfitness to recover and learn once again.

The Nobel Peace Prize was given last October to that re-start of history, and to the turning point that was the reconciliation between France and Germany, two countries that in just 70 years had fought three wars. From the pooling of resources vital for both of them – coal and steel, sources of wealth and death – was born the Union we have today. Never before was the link between peace, democracy and rule of law so clear in the awarding of the Nobel Prize. It was as if the invention of Europe were the living proof that signing a ceasefire is not making peace. That to hold together on a continental scale the three goals – peace, democracy, rule of law – we need to go beyond the treaties between States, beyond the non-belligerence between sovereigns...

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