Federalism through the theories of European Integration

Temelkovska-Anevska, Elena (2020) Federalism through the theories of European Integration. International Scientific Journal “Horizons”, 24 (XIII). pp. 51-62.

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The discussion on the future shape of the European Union (EU) always provokes a political debate about the political finality of the EU that brought federalism back on the European agenda. The concept of federalism has always been a source of inspiration for European construction, often implying the transformation of the EU into a federal state. For federalism, the aim of the European Union is to integrate different entities, but not to assimilate them. It is about finding the balance between ‘self rule’ and ‘shared rule’, about being a unified entity and maintaining diversity and difference. Federalism itself has had a great impact on the growth of the European Union in terms of its values and purposes, in the context of the process of European integration and the process of political integration of Europe. Hence, a politically united Europe would mean a stronger, more viable and assertive Europe in international affairs. The Constitutional Treaty, which equally strengthens the intergovernmental and the supranational institutions of the EU, is an example of the federal nature of the EU. It is an act that balances between the representation of the territorial and functional interests. Thus, federalism is useful for reflecting on Europe’s political finality and provides a better tool for understanding the current structure and functioning of the European Union, because a united Europe needs to reflect a stable political unification.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Prof. d-r. Elena Temelkovska
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2022 08:22
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2022 08:22
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/7058

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