Federalism Archive

  • The biggest lie

    At an event to analyse the implications of the Brexit vote and try to predict what comes next. One question from the audience – what was the biggest lie told during the referendum campaign? There was general consensus among the panel that £350 million for […]

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  • Federalism and Progressive Politics (23 October 2015)

    Organised by the Federal Trust and the Global Policy Institute 23rd October 2015 12 pm – 2 pm (Sandwich lunch at 12 pm, talk to start at 12.30 pm) London Metropolitan University 84 Moorgate London EC2M 6SQ Is federalism a politically neutral constitutional system? Or […]

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  • Interpol or Europol?

    There has been a flurry of criticism lately of Interpol, the body that coordinates international police work, for allowing itself to be used for political purposes.  Members of Interpol include some rather unsavoury regimes that have issued arrest warrants against political opponents who have fled […]

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  • Is the time right for a new world order?

    The answer to the question in the title of this talk is of course, yes, the time is right, but I think you would like to hear a little more from me than that. I am here as chair of Federal Union which was founded […]

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  • Introducing the World Federalist Movement (26 September 2011)

    26 September · 18:30 – 21:00 Upstairs at The Cheshire Cheese (NOT Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet St) 5, Little Essex Street Temple London WC2R 3LD – map here Einstein was right about the Theory of Relativity. Was he right about the need for […]

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  • Jon Worth - reluctant to be called a pro-European?

    I am still a pro-European

    An interesting post by Jon Worth arguing that framing the debate about Britain and Europe in terms of pro-European and Eurosceptic is not helpful. The European Union legislates everything from working hours to the price of potatoes, air quality to trade tariffs. There is no […]

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  • Federalism and the future of Spain

    By Joan Marc Simon Spain is a unitary state like France and Italy. Its constitution defines it as “one and indivisible”. Since 1978 Spain has structured itself as Estado de las Autonomias, a state with 17 Autonomous Communities with an asymmetric decentralisation of competences. Some […]

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  • A briefing from Number 10

    A report in the Evening Standard today on the precarious state of the coalition government, faced with health reforms, the AV referendum and much else.  The National Health Service, in particular, is a problem: the government has embarked on a far-reaching upheaval of the way […]

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  • Development aid shows the limits of the national interest

    A fascinating article by development expert Owen Barder on the difficulties of winning the argument over foreign aid.  It is frequently argued that providing development to the world’s poorest people is in our national interest, and so it is, but Owen Barder argues that it […]

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  • Cosmopolitan democracy and federalism

    An important paper by Guido Montani, presented to the Third Annual European Seminar on the Future of the European Union in Ventotene, 28-29 August 2010. The purpose of this paper is to overcome the theoretical gap which exists between the theorists of cosmopolitan democracy and […]

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