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Giuseppe Martinico

This issue of Perspectives on Federalism presents a special symposium devoted to the elections of the European Parliament. The EU has frequently been described as a burden, a threat to national sovereignty or a technocratic subject provided with an indirect legitimacy, but this representation does not give justice to its important role in everyday life. Indeed, the EU is also an added value, thanks to EU law we have enjoyed new rights which we can now claim before national judges. In t [...]

Stephen Chadwick

The Euroscepticism that led to the result of the Brexit referendum is not new, but can actually be traced back hundreds of years. This article explores Euroscepticism by comparing the modern EU with the European federation that was proposed in the 18th century by the Abbé de Saint-Pierre. The ‘peace project’ that he outlined generated many objections from philosophers including Rousseau, Kant and Voltaire. Although these objections were aimed at an abstract political proposal this article shows that similar arguments are in fact made today by contemporary Eurosceptics against an existent [...]
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