Section ‘Strong with Europe’

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Series Federalization

Do you like Europe, but are not happy with the European Union?

Course Federalization of Europe



Module 1

Why does the EU-administrative system lead to disintegration?

This Part 1 deals with the faults and weaknesses within the EU-administration system. That is a so-called intergovernmental system, which is unfortunately based on a serious system-error. That is why the EU will collapse, sooner or later, not able tot cope with the internal conflicts that stem from that system error.
Lesson 1.1 – How weak is the European Union?
Lesson 1.2 – Life is lived forward but understood backwards
Lesson 1.3 – The rise and fall of intergovernmental administration
Lesson 1.4 – The causal complex of discontent, opposition and resistance to the EU
Lesson 1.5 – What does a system error do to the system?

Module 2

Why is it wise to transform the EU into a federal state?

This Part 2 deals with the strength of a federal form of state. Unlike the intergovernmental system a federation does not hollow out the sovereignty of the Member States. On the contrary. It gives them their sovereignty – which they have lost by the intergovernmental system – back.
Lesson 2.1 – What is a federation?
Lesson 2.2 – Where is this kind of thinking coming from?
Lesson 2.3 – What else should be known about federalisation?
Lesson 2.4 – How could we establish a European Federalisation?

Module 3

Why did the Americans choose for a federal state?

This Part 3 deals with the process of federalization in America at the end of the 18th century. They threw their Confederal Treaty – similar to the way the EU is operating – in the waste paper basket and designed a democratic Federal Constitution. Thus the United States of America became the most powerful country in the world. A number of countries followed that example: by now 40% of the world population is living in 28 federations.
Lesson 3.1 – How were the United States of America established?
Lesson 3.2 – The creation of a Federation as the second, and now succesful step to forming a state
Lesson 3.3 – The Federalist Papers as supporting element during the process of ratification

Module 4

Why is a federal Constitution better than an intergovernmental Treaty?

This Module 4 deals with the essence of a Federal Constitution. She guarantees with an elaborate system of checks and balances the horizontal division of powers – the so-called trias politica – and the vertical division of powers, which makes sharing of sovereignty possible.
Lesson 4.1 – Firstly some formal aspects
Lesson 4.2 – The federal European Constitution in a nutshell

The European Federalist Papers

Robert A. Levine – a former high-ranking official in the federal American administration – wrote in the New York Times of January 9th, 1999 an article entitled ‘What the EU needs is a copy of The Federalist Papers’.

Leo Klinkers en Herbert Tombeur accepted this challenge and wrote between August 2012 and May 2013 The European Federalist Papers.

This document consists of 26 papers, arguing that the European Union has reached the end of its political lifecycle and that Europe will and must become a Federation.

You can download it, for free, as an e-Book (PDF) or as iBook (Apple).

Download ‘European Federalist Papers’ for free