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A picture showing Jean Monnet, considered one of the founding fathers of the European Union, former Chancellor of Germany Konrad Adenauer and Joseph Schaff, the chairman of the Robert Schuman Association

The ever-ambiguous European Union project

The European Union’s ambiguity-ridden system is increasingly hard to sell to populations. Stranded in a no-man’s-land between a federal state and a confederation, today’s EU features neither sound democracy, nor prudent governance, nor a vibrant economy. A true federalist system could go a long way toward addressing these weaknesses, but it implies the idea of a nation at the federal level.Even though there is an undeniable feeling of Europeanness in our part of the world, it is still hard to see any “European nation.”

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