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Communicating Europe

Journals and European Integration 1939–1979

Daniele Pasquinucci, Daniela Preda and Luciano Tosi

This volume is dedicated to the debate on European unification developed between the end of World War II and 1979 in two types of magazines. The first type of magazines are those not exclusively dedicated to the «European» themes, but particularly significant for the impact they had in the cultural-political debate and in the concrete unfolding of the process of European integration; while the second type are militant magazines, belonging to the European and federalist area, whose proactive role was fundamental both for the theoretical elaboration of the ideas as the basis of the future of the European continent, and for the practical propaganda. All these publications contributed in different ways to the spread of knowledge of European integration, of its implications and of its political, social and economic consequences. No less important – and this is the third type of journals taken into consideration in the book – has been the birth and development of magazines directly sponsored by the Community institutions, whose action was framed within a real «European communication», made by the EC institutions, particularly the Commission in Brussels, since their origins.
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Il Federalista: A Tool for Interpretation, Strategy and Propaganda in MFE Cultural Politics (1970-1979): Raffaella Cinquanta


Il Federalista: A Tool for Interpretation, Strategy and Propaganda in MFE Cultural Politics (1970-1979)


Il Federalista, founded in Pavia in 1959 and edited by Mario Albertini until1997, can be regarded as one of the main manifestations of the peculiar political commitment undertaken by the Italian leaders of the Movimento Federalista Europeo (MFE), who founded in the Sixties a trend called Autonomia Federalista and shared an idea of politics as intrinsically tied up with a steady cultural activity1 aimed at gaining a complete autonomy from official political forces and at keeping the supranational movement united.2 If pondered with regard to the political engagement of the MFE in the decade considered in this paper – a decade extremely important for the MFE, given its political fight for the attainment of the direct election of the European ← 93 | 94 → Parliament (EP) and of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)3 – the role played by the journal regarding both the internal debate and the external propaganda seems to be essentially twofold: in fact, it not only served as a common political platform for the militants – with the peculiar task of achieving a common and shared course of action within the Movement – but also as the most appropriate “rostrum” in which to form a new political culture; that is to say, where the theory of federalism was re-elaborated as a proper political science and, as a consequence, the process of European integration was also re-defined in its historical distinctiveness.

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