What makes a Federation stronger than any other state system?
The answer to this question will be clear if you look at Federations such as Canada, the United States of America, Brazil, Australia, India, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. These are very strong countries. Within Europe you may look at the difference between federal Germany and centralized France: despite the economic crisis Germany still has economic growth – France not at all. This is not a flaw of President François Hollande, but of the centralized governing system. If you like to know more you should read Paragraph 1.5 of the Annual Report 2012 by The Netherlands Bank. This explains why the federal American system could cope faster and more effectively with the banking and economic crisis. What is more: since 1787 there has been only one interior war in America. How many wars did we have in Europe since 1787? See Papers no. 15-17, 20 en 21.