June 24, 2011

Europe's Return to Westphalia

Philip Stephens, Financial Times

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Europe's postmodern experiment in shared sovereignty has so far lasted 60 years. Now the bargain is unravelling as governments once again separate narrow national from wider mutual interests. The world has globalised, but politics remains local. Europe's states are responding to domestic pressures by seeking to reclaim Westphalian independence.

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