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Sixty Years of European Integration

The European Union has faced crisis after crisis in recent years. First it was the sovereign debt crisis, followed by bankruptcy and bailout measures of various sovereign states. Now the continent is reeling under an immigration and refugee crisis. The impending Brexit process and the recent rise of far-right nationalist parties are certainly reflective of theEU’s fundamental constitutional weakness and democratic deficit.

On 25 March 2017, European Union (EU) leaders from 27 member states (sans Britain) gathered together at the historic Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which laid the foundations of the EU. Despite a sense of dejection that has marked the EU in present times, a sense of nostalgia and glimmering hope characterised the speeches of the respective leaders. While the EU has expanded in size, depth and complexity since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957, dynamics within its constitutional structures have been exposed to several fissures. After more than half a century of institutional building, the Union of Europe stands at the crossroads, more delusional and less coherent.

Structures and Fissures

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Updated On : 17th May, 2017

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