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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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European Citizenship to Residents




In democratic countries everybody has rights that make him, in some ways, a citizen: social, cultural, labour rights. But almost everywhere the political citizenship is reserved to nationals.

According to the European Charter of Fundamental Rights (the Charter): “Everyone is equal before the law” (Art. 20) and: “Within the scope of application of the Treaty establishing the European Community, and without prejudice to the special provisions thereof, any discrimination on grounds of nationality shall be prohibited” (Art. 21 (2)). Equality is the rule, inequality the exception. Exceptions will have to become rarer according to the Tampere Summit Conclusions: “The legal status of third country nationals should be approximated to that of Member States’ nationals. A person, who has resided legally in a Member State for a period of time to be determined and who holds a long-term residence permit, should be granted in that Member State a set of uniform rights which are as near as possible to those enjoyed by EU citizens”.

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