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A Political Theory for Our Time


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 European Government to Get out of the Crisis



Andrew DUFF

Five years ago you had the temerity to elect me, at our Congress in Paris, as your President. What a five years this has been. It has been, first and foremost, the five years of the Great Crash, in which our banking system almost collapsed, our standard of living declined, and any complacency we may have had about the rise of Europe in the world stakes was dispelled. It has been five years of asymmetric shock which has tested to destruction the EMU settlement of the Treaty of Maastricht. It has been five years of hectic crisis management by the leaders and institutions of the European Union – making some mistakes, learning by doing (often too little, too late). After the first great crash in 1929, Europe fell apart and went back to the battlefield and descended into the worst depravities ever known to man. This time it has indeed been different. European unity has survived intact – not covered in glory, not making great strides to the federal constitutional settlement which we at UEF want to see, not without social hardship, particularly among the young, not without losing out in international affairs – but nevertheless the semblance of unity and the basic structure of the European Union has survived.

I promised when I accepted the post of UEF President in 2008 to try to keep the federal option on the agenda. That has not always been easy. The European Parliament in which I serve...

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