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Ever closer union: report of the hearing held on 15th April, 2016

LSE European Institute (2016) Ever closer union: report of the hearing held on 15th April, 2016. . The London School of Economics and Political Science, European Institute, London, UK.

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This is a report of the hearing that took place on Friday 15th April 2016, from 14.00-16.30hrs. This was the tenth session in the ‘LSE Commission on the future of Britain in Europe’ series. The hearing began with two keynote presentations: • Simon Glendinning (Professor of European Philosophy, LSE), ‘The Teleology of European Union’ • Antonio Armellini (Former Permananet Representative of Italy to the OECD; former spokesman for EC Commissioner Altierio Spinelli), ‘Time for two Europes’ A broad range of experts and practitioners were invited to participate in the discussion. These included guests with senior experience of political office and diplomacy; leaders of policy think-tanks; senior journalists; and consultants and academics. For the discussion, we were keen to have contributions from a variety of perspectives in order to explore our theme in different contexts and in relation to different interests. There were different views of the history of European integration, different views of the political and legal significance of the idea of “ever closer union”, and different views on Britain’s relationship to all of these. This report synthesises the discussion and is a fair representation of its findings. We are very grateful for the expert contributions and for the additional papers submitted in parallel to the hearing by both participants and non-participants. Together, the material provided high quality evidence on which to draw conclusions. The hearing adopted the ‘Chatham House’ rule on not attributing comments to individuals in any public statement afterwards, and this rule is respected here. Marion Osborne and David Spence provided excellent organisational support and help putting together our panellists. Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz helped greatly with the wider preparation for the hearing, and comments on an earlier draft. Any remaining errors in this report are my sole responsibility.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 10:39
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2021 00:06

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