What future for federalism?

Gilles Andréani
06 September 2002

In the Convention and elsewhere, Europe is once again debating its institutional framework. Gilles Andréani, in this essay provides a valuable contribution to this debate by analysing the steady rise of 'inter-governmentalism' over the last decade. He points out that a Europe of nation-states has too often degenerated into petty squabbles over minor issues. The retreat of the federalist idea has hampered the development of robust European policies in areas such as internal security and foreign affairs.

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