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Indian Journal of Federal Studies (1/2011)

ISSN No. 0976-8408

The European Union: Federal, Constitutional or What?

Robert Gilsdorf


The European Union constitutes a site of both claim and contestation so far as its federal characterization is concerned. If it is being seen as an important federal form by group of scholars, others contest the claim on the basis of non- federal context of the Union. The paper does not endorse the proposition that the EU represents a form of federation. While traversing through the most salient features of the EU, starting with its legal basis and then moving to its major institutions, policies and policy processes, the paper expresses serious doubts that the European Union will ever have a sovereign federation.

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