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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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A Democratic Constitution for the European Union

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Romano PRODI

First of all let me express my warm thanks to all members of the Convention, and to you, Mr Giscard d’Estaing, for the dedication and intelligence you have shown in those long months of hard work that went into this phase of the constitution-building process. The Convention’s success has brought a lasting change in democratic life in the European Union. A great job well done and an unhoped-for result. The draft prepared by the Convention thus provides the basis – an excellent basis – for drawing up the final version of the Constitution. This is a good thing because above all the text has great symbolic value: this is the first time the Union’s foundations have been debated in an open, democratic forum representing the peoples and States of Europe.

Second, the draft Constitution resolutely tackles the issues of institutional balance and the complex nature of the Union. The debate has been intense and thorough, and it has allowed all the fundamental issues put forward to be dealt with coherently, namely:

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