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    EU Should Become Union of European Regions, Expert Says

    The nation-state has had its day, writes political scientist Winfried Boettcher. He calls instead for a Europe built along regional lines that would help meet people's cultural and economic needs.

    Winfried Böttcher is an emeritus professor of politics at the RWTH Aachen University, specializing in European politics. He is particularly interested in the concept of a federal Europe.

    The approach towards unifying Europe has not changed since the founding of the Coal and Steel Community over 50 years ago. The absence of long-term goals means that cooperation continues to function on a trial-and-error basis. Varying interests, needs, functions and tasks continue to search for adequate organizational forms.

    The talk is still about moving towards the ever closer integration of the peoples of Europe. Even today, no one can bring themselves to say that Europe is amalgamating. People approach Europe pragmatically without knowing what form it should ultimately assume. No one asks how we would like to live in Europe in the future. The nation-states, as the enablers of so-called European integration, prefer this functionalist method if only because it secures them the largest entitlements in terms of sovereignty.


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    I still favour a Europe of sovereign states. It took my country long enough to break away from the UK, I don't think jumping back in after only 80-something years of independence would go down very well with the Irish electorate just yet.

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    Sounds liek a futher atempt to redraw the map of Europe in the favour of the EU. and if those regional differences can't already be preserved on the scale of the nationstate, who says it will happen on the scale of the EU-monsterstate.

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    @ Horned God, but at least this way we would be fighting with you to escape!

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