EU opinion & policy debates - across languages | BlogActiv.eu

Archives for Federalism

A game of betrayals

From Cassius and Ephialtes of Trachis to the infamous “Percentages agreement“, and continuing to modern times the history of the people living on the European continent is littered to the brink with betrayal. It is, to put it mildly, a perfect portrayal of our apparently born inability to trust each other or work together. One needs only… » read more

I’ve been starring at this blank page for the past 6 months, almost on a daily basis. I’ve been meaning to write more on the federalist quest, but I’ve been turned back again and again by news reaching me on developments on the EU scene. Today, as I have been more or less removed from the… » read more

Governing Europe is a monumental task, so it behoves us to learn from other points in history when we undertook other monumental tasks in government. Therefore, I am of the position that the lessons of 19th century imperial  governance hold many lessons for a people who have hyper-prioritised the importance of nations. I have put… » read more

As Angela Merkel comes under increasing pressure to soften Germany’s obsession with austerity in the eurozone, Ms Merkel stubbornly stands firm. The debate on austerity vs. growth seems far from over. Meanwhile Europe is on the brink of catastrophe. More world and European leaders stress now that cutting public expenditure too fast and too far… » read more

The Spinelli phenomenon

Altiero Spinelli was the heavyweight of the European federalist movement, first as activist, then as a very hardworking MEP. What does classic federalism want? In a nutshell it’s autonomy of the member states, under a common judicial and legislational authority, and the citizens’ democratic rights are provided by the Union. As decades went by federalism… » read more

EurActiv Network