Altiero Spinelli, Federalism and the EUT



In the most recent attempt to reconstruct the European Community during 1981–84, the influence and endeavour of Altiero Spinelli have been monumental. His vigour, political skills and intellectual incisive-ness have combined to place him in an unrivalled position at the helm of the movement for ‘European Union’ today. Without Spinelli’s own unique contribution it is safe to say that the draft European Union Treaty would have remained an aspiration devoid of any practical content. By common consent, then, Spinelli’s impact upon the public debate about Europe’s future has been colossal. At 78 years old he is, indeed, the ‘grand old man’ of Europe.


Political Strategy Political Skill Political Idea Common Elaboration Intellectual Influence 
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