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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

Posted by David Korosi

Many people think, some even hope that the future of the EU leads into a federal superstate. The idea is not completely groundless, as the EU member states slowly – but surely – give up more and more of their sovereignty, which is often told to be irreversible (as the matter of fact, the authorization… » read more

Posted by David Korosi

Herman van Rompuy in Budapest

Honestly, nothing new was revealed at today’s conference in Budapest, where European Council president Mr. Herman van Rompuy addressed the audience, in the company of Mr. János Martonyi (Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Mr. József Pálinkás (president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Nevertheless, it was worth seeing. See some of the reasons. First… » read more

Posted by David Korosi

Today’s politicians and political journalists seem to try to set the readers’ mind against nationalism. A month ago The Washington Post published an article, warning Europeans to take serious the rise of nationalist movements, as they put the existence of the EU at risk. The author also says that European infrastructure is dimmed by national… » read more

Posted by David Korosi

Enhanced democracy

In my previous post I noted that the first step to bridge the gap between individuals and the European level is the flow of coherent information. Now this one is about the second, also necessary step, which is (in one word) legitimacy. Most of us agree that the best method in a democracy to obtain… » read more

Posted by David Korosi

After the state of the Union speech, some said that president Barroso doesn’t have visions covering the whole European Union. Well, I would say that he does have visions, but he has very limited freedom to act. To gain some more freedom, Mr Barroso has to be the initiator of a “European concept”, which is… » read more

Posted by David Korosi

We need more… what?

President Barroso’s state of the Union was undoubtfully an unprecedented speech, but even revealed a couple of things, which may be useful to think about. The Portuguese head of Comission is the first to serve two mandates since 1995, when the doubling frenchman Jacques Delors was replaced by Jacques Santer. Does Barroso have the chance… » read more

Posted by David Korosi