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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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Rethinking the “European Common Home”




The solution of Russia’s grave economic crisis and the consolidation of its recent and fragile democratic institutions represent the prime objectives for European security today. Consider the population and income of the various zones of Europe compared to those of the United States1: turning from the Union to the nineteen countries of Central and Eastern Europe, one cannot help feeling concern and scepticism over the uncertain prospects of enlargement. These countries have an average per capita income of three thousand dollars (something like that of China), but the quota of resources they allocate to defence is more than twice that of the EU. Their foreign trade with the EU and developing countries is growing rapidly compared to the traditional relations of integration between Central and Eastern European countries. These include Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Moslem countries, whereas the Christian religions are predominant in the EU; they aspire to a lay concept of the state which, as in the EU, allows the separation of the political from the religious sphere, but some of them are still threatened by the complex links between religious fundamentalism and political nationalism. The acceleration of the entry procedure for the principal countries of the former Eastern bloc, in contrast to the postponed consideration of ← 273 | 274 → Turkey’s admission, delineates an alarming scenario, aggravated by the lack of implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy2.

If one then looks further to the East, where the per capita income...

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