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Year XXXIII, Number 3, November 2020

Democracy in Danger

Editorial

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    Lucio Levi

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    Member of UEF Federal Committee, former President of UEF Italy

The future of humankind is facing several life-threatening challenges: pandemics, atomic weapons, climate change, the rise of nationalism and the return of war. Political institutions, whose task is governing the economic and social processes and making determinant decisions for the future generations of citizens, have lost the capacity to cope with these threats.

Notes for an Illiberal Regime: the "Hungarian Patient"

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    Eszter Nagy

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    Secretary General of UEF-Hungary, Member of the UEF Federal Committee

This May brought not only Mother’s Day in Hungary, but also the latest report of Freedom House, which downgraded even further the status of democracy in Hungary, from now on this former eminent democratic country has become a hybrid regime, a category shared with

Rethinking the Role of the European Stability Mechanism for Local Communities

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    Alfonso Iozzo and Fabio Masini

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    Alfonso Iozzo: President of the Centre for Studies on Federalism and Vice President of Robert Triffin International, former Chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

    Fabio Masini: Jean Monnet Chair on European Economic Governance at Roma Tre University

The Covid19-related emergency has changed our perspectives on individual and collective priorities. Two aspects in particular will probably stand out for their impact on the way societies will change and adapt to the transformation required (and induced) by this shock.

 

Videofederalism

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    Enrique Barón Crespo

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    Member of the Spanish Congreso de los Diputados (1977-87), Constitutional Father, Former President of the European Parliament (1989-1992) and member of it (1986-2008), President of UEF-Spain

Mali: More Instability in an Unstable Region

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    Rene Wadlow

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    President and Representative to the UN-Geneva, Association of World Citizens

The European Convention 2002/2003: Lights and Shadows

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    Paolo Ponzano

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    Professor of European Governance at the European College of Parma; Secretary General of the European Movement Italy; Deputy Representative of the European Commission in the 2002/2003 Convention

Seventeen years after the holding of the European Convention chaired by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and on the eve of the European Conference on the Future of Europe proposed by President Macron (which should begin its work in early 2021 under the Portuguese Presidency), it seems useful to reflect more objectively on the value of the method used and the overall outcome of its work.

Carbon Pricing in Germany and the EU's New Own Resources

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    Alberto Majocchi

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    Emeritus Professor of Finance at the University of Pavia and Vice President of the Centre for Studies on Federalism

On 29 November 2019, the two Houses of the German Parliament approved a decision to introduce a carbon price of €10 per tCO2 for the transport and domestic heating sector, which together account for 32% of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany. However, under pressure from the Green Party...

The EU’s Court of Justice Judgement Relaunches the Debate on Taxation

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    Alain Réguillon and Alain Malégaire

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    Alain Réguillon: President of the Maison de l’Europe et des Européens, Lyon, former President of UEF France

    Alain Malégaire: Former Director General of the Euro Institute in Lyon, member of a group of experts entitled “GroupEuro” at the European Commission

The Great Anticipator

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    Mario Calvo-Platero

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    Columnist for la Repubblica, Guarantor for the Italian edition of the New York Times, President Gruppo Esponenti Italiani New York, Chairman Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA

George Soros is one of the most iconic financiers of the century. He is the man who in 1992 “broke” the Bank of England, the philanthropist who has given away $32 billion to promote open societies, the political pugilist who has sparred with Donald Trump and Viktor Orban. And yet, sitting in his private flower garden at his home in Long Island, and looking ahead to his imminent 90th birthday, Soros has one lingering uncertainty: “people do not know me”, he confides.

Humanity Needs Democratic Representation: a Global Parliament

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    Andreas Bummel

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    Co-founder and Director of the Committee for a Democratic United Nations (KDUN) in Berlin and coordinator of the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly (CUNPA)

Oil and Carbon Prices: the Emerging Role of the SDR

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    Elena Flor

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    Managing Director, Robert Triffin International

The price of oil is one of the most observed indicators – alongside trends in GDP, exchange rates, and stock exchange data – to determine trends in the economy. The oil market is, by its nature, global: while production is concentrated in some areas, consumption is widespread, all over the world.

“A Tragic Illusion” - Did the Atom Bomb Make the United Nations Obsolete Three Weeks After Its Birth?

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    Tad Daley

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    Director of Policy Analysis at Citizens for Global Solutions. Speechwriter, policy advisor, or coauthor for two Democratic members of the U.S. House and two more Democratic U.S. senators

75 years ago, the atomic age was born, with the first nuclear detonation near Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16th, 1945. Only 20 days earlier, on June 26th, the United Nations had been established with the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco. Did the bomb make the United Nations obsolete three weeks after its birth?

 

Europe Should Never Lose Sight of the Responsibility to Protect *

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    Roger Casale

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    Founder and Secretary General of New Europeans

The United States Slams the International Criminal Court with Sanctions

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    Yasmina Gourchane

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    NGO Consultant on International Justice

A Complete and Indissoluble Union

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    John Parry

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    Honorary Member of UEF Bureau

John Parry left us last year. He was a fundamental figure of European federalism and unforgettable animator of the Editorial Board of The Federalist Debate. To remember him to our readers, among the several contributions he wrote for this review we have chosen to reprint this article, published in 2010 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the plan drafted by the British government in 1940, offering a complete and indissoluble union with France. It is the fruit of a research conducted in the historical archives of Chatham House in London.

In Memory of Robert Toulemon (1927 - 2020)

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    Jean-Francis Billion

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    UEF-France Vice-President, ex WFM Council member and President of Presse fédéraliste

A Safety Net for Africa: towards an African Monetary Fund

Borderless Debate

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    Dominique de Rambures, Alfonso Iozzo, Annamaria Viterbo

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    Dominique de Rambures: Honorary Chairman of the Euro Banking Association and former Chairman of the ECU Banking Association

    Alfonso Iozzo: President of the Centre for Studies on Federalism and Vice President of Robert Triffin International, former Chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

    Annamaria Viterbo: Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Torino and Affiliate of Collegio Carlo Alberto, Torino

2020: A Turning Point for EU-Africa Relations

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    Andrea Cofelice

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    Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies on Federalism, Torino, Italy

2020 can represent a decisive turning point for EU-Africa relations. The combination of three distinct processes, which are expected to see the light of day by the end of this year, can lead to a qualitative leap in political and economic relations between the two continents.

 

More than 200 Civil Society Groups Want Citizens to Be Heard at the UN*

Federalist Action

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Candidacy of the ICC to the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

Federalist Action

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Humanity beyond the United Nations

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    Joseph Preston Baratta

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    Professor of World History and International Relations at Worcester State College, MA, USA

Augusto Lopez-Claros, Arthur L. Dahl, and Maja Groff

Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century

Cambridge University Press, 2020 *

 

The Role of the EU in Shaping Global Supranational Governance

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    Pilar Lorente

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    Member of the Federal Committee of UEF

A Plan to Address the Debt Crisis

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    Adriana Castagnoli

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    Historian of Economy, editorialist of the daily Il Sole-24 Ore, former teacher in Contemporary and Economic History at the University of Torino, member of the European Business History Association and Business History Conference (USA)

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