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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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Europe by the People



Carsten BERG

The demand of greater and more effective involvement of EU-citizens is not new. Before the founding of the EU’s predecessor and the recently abolished Coal and Steel Union, Charles de Gaulle declared in 1949: “I think that the organisation of Europe has to proceed from Europe itself. I consider that the start shall be given by a referendum of all free Europeans.”

A referendum as the definitive founding act of a political Europe! This is what the Italian European federalist Altiero Spinelli imagined, when in 1984 he proposed the creation of an EU constitution which would have to be ratified by the people in a Europe-wide referendum. The supporters of this federal idea were already a generation ahead and had to wait patiently until the time was ripe for more democracy in the EU: and that did not happen until recently.

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