In the first decades of its life, the European Union (at the time “Community”) seemed to be heading towards an ever closer federal-like integration. Later on the Maastricht Treaty gave us the Euro but accompanied its arrival with an intergovernmental method of governance that has deeply changed the European route. Now the need of more integration is widely felt, but how to satisfy it is very controversial. What kind of Europe are we going to have? More coordination among our national governments and therefore more room in European matters for our national parliaments, or more functions at the supranational level and therefore more role for the European Parliament and the European Commission? Will it be a more integrated Union or a more integrated Eurozone in a two-tier Europe? But are our citizens ready to support more integration, whatever should it mean?
Professor em. of Law, Sapienza – Università di Roma and European University Institute, Florence; former Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of Italy
Chair of the Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia); IWM Permanent Fellow
Head of the Foreign Politics Department, Die Presse
In cooperation with Die Presse and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance
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