Federalism: is it the solution to the European Union crisis? A Portuguese view

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Federal aspirations have been subjacent to the integration of the
European Communities/European Union since its inception. With the
current crisis that started in 2007/2008, we have seen a new wave of ideas
related with economic federalism. However, it is unclear what the concrete
solution could be, particularly in terms of the division of competences
and powers between the EU and the member states. The purpose of this
paper is to identify and analyse the major proposals and/or federalistoriented
measures to resolve the Eurozone crisis. It is also an aim to assess
the eventual design of a more economically integrated European Union,
based on any form of economic federalism, and discuss its implications and
risks for Portugal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-75
Number of pages16
JournalR:I / Relações Internacionais
Issue numberspecial issue
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • European Union
  • Economic crisis
  • Portugal
  • Federalism


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