[Autom. eng. transl.] Confederation, multilevel governance system, regulatory state, neo-medieval political formation. These are just some of the many definitions proposed over the years to identify the European Union and the political process from which it emerges. In this variety of approaches, the observers, but above all the actors operating within the political system of the Union, have adhered to at least two different narratives concerning the integration process. On the one hand, it was intended as a profound redefinition of relations between member countries, essential subjects of the constituent and decision-making processes of the European Union. In this sense, the EU can be seen as a community of liberal-democratic countries acting collectively through an institutionalized decision-making system. On the other hand, the process of integration would instead consist in the transfer (non-linear) of authority to a supranational entity, or in the genesis of a new political formation / system of government, endowed with its own 'constitutional' architecture, peculiar modalities and instruments of production of public policies and forms of legitimation sui generis. The relationship between these two ways of understanding European integration is far from irrelevant to understanding the considerable difficulties that the EU faces in balancing the disintegrating forces that operate today within it.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Europe to rethink, between the Greek crisis and the 'Brexit' risk|
|Title of host publication||Atlante Geopolitico Treccani|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- Unione Europea