Trump’s Wrong Policy in the Middle East and Macron’s Mistake
by Lucio Levi
On the night between 13 and 14 April, 2018, the armed forces of the United States, the United Kingdom and France bombed three sites in Syria connected with the production of chemical weapons, which Assad used on 7 April against the civil population in Douma near Damascus.
European Lawmakers Call for a UN Parliamentary Assembly and a 2020 UN Reform Summit
by Andreas Bummel
In a resolution adopted on 5 July 2018, the European Parliament called on the EU's governments to advocate "the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly" (UNPA) and to support a "UN 2020 summit" that will consider "comprehensive reform measures for a renewal and strengthening of the United Nations."
United Nations Charter Reform, the Veto, and the Unfulfilled Promise of San Francisco
by Shahr-yar Sharei
The Security Council (SC) of the United Nations is the organ charged with maintaining “international peace and security” and, under international law, represents the ultimate authority in respect of conflict resolution.
With the publication of An Agenda for Peace (1992), An Agenda for Development (1994) and An Agenda for Democratisation (1996), the then-UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali launched an ambitious program to reform the United Nations, in order to strengthen, democratise and adapt the Organisation’s structure and working methods to the changed international context, marked by the end of the Cold War.
«A People's Assembly Will Emerge from the World Masses» - An Appeal by the World Citizens
On September 1948, Robert Sarrazac, a former soldier engaged in the French Resistance and founder of the "Human Front of World Citizens", constitutes a Solidarity Council to support the cause of Garry Davis, a voluntarily country-less activist who took refuge at the Trocadero in Paris, then a territory temporarily under the jurisdiction of the United Nations.
Christine Lagarde – the IMF Managing Director – in her recent speech[i] on the 20th anniversary of the Bank of England’s independence, wondered whether virtual currencies – like the Bitcoin – pose a challenge to the current system of currencies and central banks.
World Federalist Congress in The Hague Reaffirms Fight for Global Peace, Justice and Democracy
In a resolution adopted at the meeting, the movement underlined its “primary goal” of institution-building and emphasized its commitment to “the reform and improvement of existing international institutions” and “the creation of new democratic supranational institutions”.
The United States and Its Foreign Policy: Searching for the Lost Federalism
by Michele Ballerin
There’s a feature in the USA cultural life which has always amazed me, particularly in the way Americans perceive themselves and their own history: they are considerably proud of the first chapter of their adventure – the independence war against Great Britain –, while they pay a far weaker enthusiasm to the second – the Philadelphia Convention and the birth of the first federation in history, in 1787.
From the 9th to the 13th of July, the World Federalist Movement held its Congress in The Hague. It was the 27th Congress since the WFM’s creation, which took place in Montreux, Switzerland, immediately after the Second World War.
On July 16/17, 2018, the Co-Presidents of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), the President of the Latin American Parliament Elias Castillo and the Member of the European ParliamentRamón Jáuregui Atondo, in accordance with Article 17 of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly have stated:
In the light of the EU’s existential crisis, President Macron, a truly committed European, has proposed his vision for a “sovereign Europe”. The bottom line is that the Union is not, or rather is insufficiently equipped with sovereign powers.
Ministers of Security, Justice and Interior of Mercosur Study on the Viability of COPLA
On 8 June 2018, within the XLVII Meeting of Ministers of Justice and the XLI Meeting of Ministers of Interior and Security of MERCOSUR and Associated States, a declaration was signed in which the Ministers committed to study the viability of a Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime (COPLA).
The paper “A Constructive Approach to Euro Area Reform”[i] prepared by 14 Franco-German economists represents a major step forward in the debate on the problems and reform of the euro area – after the various contributions of the European Commission – and has strong political significance, in particular thanks to the contribution of Jean Pisani-Ferry, who was responsible for the programme during Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign.
The Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes: a community for prevention
By Jelena Pia-Comella – Senior Advisor – GAAMAC
December 9, 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and yet not only its ratification and implementation is notuniversal but also, and regrettably so, 70 years later no country is immune to genocide or other mass atrocity crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
In spite of the high number of non-voters, the more than 56% of votes for the nationalist coalition in the elections in Corsica on December 10, 2017, indicate a support for their ideas and not a rejection of the local political class as it is wrongly believed in Paris.
For a while, it may have seemed that the threat of nuclear war had diminished. But Donald Trump’s vow to increase and “upgrade” the United States nuclear arsenal, tensions between the US and North Korea,and the unsecured stockpiles of aging weapons around the globe make it clear we still need to be concerned about this apocalyptic danger.
It is generally thought that only transnational lists can give elections to the European Parliament a real European dimension. However, there exists another alternative which is more likely to be approved by the Council and which corresponds to the long-term federalist vision. This would be attributing all of the votes to European political parties while maintaining national quotas, national and regional constituencies.
A Compelling Obligation: Creating the Vertical Alliance Africa-Mediterranean-Europe
by Jean-Louis Guigou and Pierre Beckouche
In the present chaotic world where it is difficult to look confidently at the long term, many heads of state are steering by sight. China, however, will complete in 2049 the silk roads that will link Europe and Africa to Asian interests.
A World Parliament: Governance and Democracy in the 21st Century
by Nicola Vallinoto
The “Altiero Spinelli” Institute for Federalist Studies has been organizing an international seminar on the island of Ventotene for the past 35 years. This island off the Italian coast is the place where Altiero Spinelli, author of the Federalist Ventotene Manifesto, was imprisoned during the Second World War.
On 24 and 25 May, the European Movement International celebrated its Seventieth anniversary in The Hague with the two-day event ‘Sharing Europe’. Citizens, policy-makers, trade unions, civil society and business came together to discuss the main issues facing Europe today.
A profound difference characterises this new phase of world finance: for the first time, financial flows tend to concentrate in new areas, especially in Asia, and for the most part they no longer flow into historic financial centres like London.
This list covers the initiatives currently open for collection of statements of support and those for which the collection is closed but for which the Commission does not yet have any information about whether the organisers managed or failed to collect the required
XXVI European Congress of 23-25 November 2018, Vienna
The UEF XXVI European Congress will be the occasion to discuss the European Federalists' strategy, campaign and policy proposals for the many challenges Europe is facing today: the completion of the Monetary Union, the development of the EU's social dimension, the reinforcement of the EU defense capabilities and, last but not least, the prospects for further political integration in view of the upcoming 2019 European elections.
SPONSORS: Centro Einstein di Studi Internazionali (CESI), Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF), Union of European Federalist (UEF), World Federalist Movement (WFM).
EDITORIAL BOARD: editor Nicola Vallinoto (TFD), coeditor Andrea Cofelice (CSF), graphic Pietro Massafra (CESI), consultant Lionello Casalegno (TFD), editor TFD Lucio Levi.
GLOBAL LEVEL: UN Reform: Shahriar Sharei, Andrea Cofelice; International Monetary System Reform: Antonio Mosconi; Universal Ratification of the ICC Statute: Yasmina Gourchane; Responsibility to Protect: Brittany Roser; UNPA: Andreas Bummel, Nicola Vallinoto; WTO Reform: Lucio Levi; UN World Environment Agency: Roberto Palea, Lorenzo Spiller.
REGIONAL LEVELS: EUROPE. New Deal 4 Europe: Grazia Borgna, Paolo Ponzano; Eea: Lorenzo Spiller; SOUTH AMERICA. COPLA: Camila Lopez, Fernando Iglesias; ASIA AND MIDDLE-EAST. James Arputharaj; Article 9 Campaign: Klaus Schlichtmann.
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