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Federalism and the EU

Nikos Skoutaris

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 April 2024

European Integration
1 In order to understand the relationship between federalism and the European Union (EU), it is necessary first to define the federal principle. However, clear definitions are difficult to achieve for ‘a chameleon-like concept’ (Post 227). The reason for that might be the fact that federalism can be a normative idea, a political aspiration, and a descriptive category of political institutions, sometimes almost simultaneously. 2 ‘To begin with what might seem only a matter of semantics, it is worth recalling that the word “federal” (Föderativ, federaal) is derived...
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