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  • JEF Declaration

    Adopted September 1990, amended October 1995 The Young European Federalists believe that in any society, whether of individuals or nations, peace can only be guaranteed by the rule of law; recognise that neither a system of international relations based upon sovereign nation states nor the […]

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  • Federal Union: The Pioneers

    (published by Macmillan, 1990) Britain’s relationship with its European Community partners has been bedevilled by divergent views about the aim of a political union with federal institutions. Federalism is often depicted in Britain as an alien concept with which the British cannot come to terms. […]

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  • The first use of the term “democratic deficit”

    The JEF Manifesto was adopted by the JEF Congress in Berlin in 1977, and is believed to be the first recorded use of the phrase “democratic deficit”. The first chapter of that Manifesto appears below. Chapter One : The Democratic Deficit Looking at Europe today, […]

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  • Federalist MPs

    At the end of October 1967 the European Federalist Movement (European Union of Federalists) sent a questionnaire to 630 British Members of Parliament designed to assess their views on a number of European federalist questions. One hundred forms were returned. Here are the questions and […]

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  • A European policy for Britain

    The following policy statement has been issued by Britain in Europe Ltd. and the Campaign for Europe. It was adapted by a joint meeting of the two organisations on January 17 1968. Our organisations unreservedly support full British membership of the European Economic Community and […]

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  • European federation now

    A pamphlet published in December 1951 europeanfederationnow

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  • Speech by Miss F-L Josephy at the first Congress of the UEF

    Montreux, Switzerland, 27-31 August 1947 Being British I am not particularly interested in theory and not at all in philosophy. I am lost in the subtleties of integral federalism. In fact I am just Plain Jane Bull. I go at things like a bull at […]

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  • Altiero Spinelli at the first UEF Congress, Montreux, 27 August 1947

    Altiero Spinelli (source European Commission) This speech was delivered by Altiero Spinelli, founder of the Italian Movimento Federalista Europeo, at the founding Congress of the Union of European Federalists in August 1947.   We cannot and do not wish to conceal from ourselves that the […]

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  • The Hertenstein Programme

    1. A European Community on federal lines is a necessary and essential contribution to any world union. 2. In accordance with federalist principles which call for a democratic structure beginning at the base, the community of European peoples must itself settle any differences that may […]

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  • A Copernican world, from “The anatomy of peace”

    “The anatomy of peace” was published in 1945 by Emery Reves, as an appeal for federalism. Read the opening chapter here: copernicanworld

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