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A Political Theory for Our Time


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 Eurozone, the Dynamic Core of a European Federation




The European elections will allow us to take stock of the European Union, to assess the progress made in combating the financial crisis and the extent of the damage to the economy and European society. The sluggish revival of economic growth is not triggering a clear drop in unemployment; companies going bankrupt, poverty and a general sense of depression amongst the population are all factors which have sapped European drive. Jean Monnet’s strategy of integration sector by sector ultimately leading to a political Union has reached the end of the line. Worse still, the spillover has been reversed due to the shock of the crisis and the negative effect of austerity.

Admittedly an arsenal of measures have been taken to avoid the disintegration of the Eurozone, but certain crucial questions have not yet been answered: can the euro survive in the long term without the implementation of a real economic union and in the absence of fiscal and budgetary federalism? Moreover, can the 18-member Eurozone survive and grow without a political Union and strong social cohesion? It is more and more obvious that the Member States of the Eurozone have a decisive choice to make: either they must embark on the path towards a federal political Union or accept the demise of the euro in the long run. Since coins were first invented thousands of years ago, we know that minting money is a sovereign act, a symbol of political power. No...

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