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Federalism

A Political Theory for Our Time

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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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New Myths about Russia and NATO

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Ira STRAUS

One welcomes any prospects for improved NATO-Russia relations, but there is cause for scepticism in face of a new spate of myths being promulgated by Western diplomats in the last couple of days. One myth is that Russia does not want to join NATO. The other is that Russia might also get a veto if NATO starts consulting seriously with it, and that every NATO member has a right to veto decisions in the alliance.

Let me start with the second point, since it is the psychological basis of the fear of Russian membership. Do NATO members in fact have a right to veto decisions in NATO? No. The North Atlantic Treaty – which anyone can easily find and read, it is only two pages – leaves the NATO Council free to set its own procedures. It did this deliberately, so that members would have no right of veto. This has been attested by the late Amb. Theodore Achilles, the main author of the Treaty. It has been attested by Dirk Stikker, the third Secretary General of NATO, who devoted several pages of his memoirs to explaining why there is no right of veto in NATO. It has been attested by many, many other authorities.

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