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17 December 2015 – Internal market, common currency, common borders and perhaps even a common European Constitution. Europe has never been as united as it is today. Nevertheless, according to several enthusiasts this is still not enough and dreams of a united continent should continue further and include the creation of the EU army. by
8 December 2015 – For almost the entire first half of the 20th century, Europe was subjected to great crises and tensions, which had their maximum expression in two big world wars. The first one brought the break-up of two great empires, the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman. The second one, Europe’s division into two big blocs: a democratic, capitalist and free bloc, and one subjected to a great empire, the Russian, leader of the communist ideology that caused so much suffering and oppression to our continent. by
9 November 2015 – Europe is divided against itself. While the migration crisis has taken the spotlight, the rift between Northern Europe and Southern Europe is still a very real problem. What do these two halves of Europe share aside from a geographic continent? And how should European Federalists try to fight the divisions in Europe? by
8 November 2015 – A while ago, I wrote about the event organised by European Movement Finland where the impact of Jean Monnet and Altiero Spinelli on European integration was discussed. The event was a part of a series of EU-related discussions. The second event of the series featured Tapio Raunio, Professor in Political Science from the University of Tampere and Petros Fassoulas, the Secretary General of European Movement International. by
Vox Populi, Vox Europae? Why we need a common European legislation on referenda and why we need EU level referenda.
2 November 2015 – This year has been particularly challenging for democracy in the EU. Surely the Referendum in Greece on 5th of July regarding the Memorandum Agreement has been the highest point of this difficult year, which is going to end with another challenge. Some weeks ago a Dutch Eurosceptic platform managed to achieve enough signatures to trigger an advisory referendum on the EU-Ukraine. by
29 October 2015 – ’Among peoples who are geographically grouped together like the peoples of Europe there must exist a sort of federal link. It is this link which I wish to endeavour to establish’ is a famous statement of Aristide Briand, Prime Minister of France during the French Third Republic and co-laureate of the 1926 Nobel Peace Prize. Even though nearly one century has lapsed since then, we have to say that this citation is still very current despite the relatively successful integration process on the old continent over the last sixty years. by
28 October 2015 – I recently participated in an event organised by European Movement Finland where the heritage of EU founding fathers, particularly that of Jean Monnet and Altiero Spinelli, was discussed. At the event that took place in Helsinki, Teija Tiilikainen from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and Timo Miettinen from the Network for European Studies at the University of Helsinki shared their thoughts about the past and the present of the European Union. One of the main questions addressed by the speakers was, to what extent have the ideas of the founding fathers been put into practice? by
26 September 2015 – Europe is closing its borders, both external and internal. Germany, Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic recently imposed border controls while images of Hungarian officers using water cannons and tear gas on migrants on its Serbian frontier hit the news. These developments have already been called ”the end of Schengen”. by
25 September 2015 – Four European countries signed a document calling for more European integration. They proposed to enhance the EMU in its social dimension, to make the EU more democratic and to harmonise EU states’ foreign policies. Are we witnessing a revival of (...) by | 1 comment
11 September 2015 – The idea of an institutional reform of the Communities towards a federal model through a constituent procedure (i.e. through a directly elected assembly or a European Parliament decision) was not born within Spinelli’s first project. It occurred to him after the Ventotene Manifesto of 1943 and the creation of the MFE Movimento Federalista Europeo (European Federalist Movement), it was then discussed in a Congress at The Hague in 1948, and finally launched by the UEF in November 1950 in Strasbourg, just six months after the Schuman Declaration (9th of May 1950). by
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