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Political Union: What is it? Do we need it? How could it work?

17 October 2012
Political Union: What is it? Do we need it? How could it work?

Policy Network and the European Institute at the LSE launch a new project on the topic of Europe’s emerging political union, critically asking: What is it? Do we need it? How could it work?

In this context, Policy Network and the LSE’s European Institute will be co-hosting a series of three interactive roundtable seminars between November 2012 and January 2013 addressing the most pressing and fundamental questions surrounding the Eurozone crisis.

The project's ambition, laid out in a detailed research briefing (below), is to shed light on the political, cultural and institutional forces constraining the responses to the Eurozone crisis and to ask how they should be addressed for any emerging political union to succeed.

Launching the project, Olaf Cramme and Sara B Hobolt today argue in an Op-ed that political union needs to be a critical companion, not a federal marriage. The continuing crisis in the eurozone has strengthened calls for greater European economic, fiscal and political union, but the growing importance of the EU in national politics means that political union can only succeed with public support.


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