What future awaits Europe? One of irrelevance, where the emerging powers will crush the Old Continent, or perhaps not? Why Europe Will Not Run the 21st Century focuses on the necessity of radical and dramatic institutional reforms at the EU level, not only to streamline a decision-making process fragmented into a thousand trickles and naturally prone to the influence of powerful interest groups, but also to involve the citizenry, whose convinced support is necessary to the success of the project. The EU is a distant entity whose democraticity is highly disputable. The press ignores it, and citizens know very little about it, as the EU does things they do not really care about or cannot comprehend at all. Citizens' unawareness and lack of participation and involvement means the impossibility to create a real, close-knit European civil society and public opinion. Why Europe Will Not Run the 21st Century revives the idea that only a federal Europe made up, at least initially, of a limited circle of 'pioneer states' and characterised by a common Constitution, central government and real European political parties will manage to work out the constitutional, political, economic and ethnic discrepancies inherent in so large a Union of states, thus overcoming the EU's inability to face domestic as well as external threats and allowing Europe to halt its apparently inexorable decline.
About the Author: Valerio Volpi was born in Naples, Italy, and grew up in Cagliari, Sardinia, where he graduated in Political Science in 2001. He obtained an MA in International Relations from St John's University in 2004, and his PhD in Comparative Institutions and Politics from the University of Bari in 2008. He published his first book, The Roots of Contemporary Imperialism: The Founding Fathers, the U.S. Constitution, and 200 Years of Corporate Dictatorship (University Press of America) in 2009. He has been living in Rome since 2002.