If Europe decides to draft a federal European constitution, I highly recommend that you study features within the Earth Constitution, what I consider to be the "gold standard" for a federal democratic world constitution. Drafted by the World Constitution & Parliament Association, the Earth Constitution is superior to the US Constitution. Democratic World Federalists (dwfed.org) and the Earth Federation Movement (earthfederation.info) share a belief in federalism.
Congratulations for "The European Federalist Papers" which I recently discovered and started reading. As you may see from the attach, I have been following the same track from some time. I am now interested in actually drafting a 10 articles/ 5 pages EU draft constitution in time for the 2014 european debate. I shall come back to you when I will have read all your articles. Sincerely,
Esteemed Klinkers and Tombeur,
In Paper 22 you propose to fix the seat of the European Congress in Brussels. I have some doubts about whether this is the right thing to do. Imagine, for example, that the Constitution is adopted by the citizens of 9 states, but not by citizens of Belgium. The Federation would then be cornered by its own Constitution to have its Congress outside of itself and a first amendment would be necessary.
Another thing which comes to mind is what happens if there is a war and Brussels is occupied by a foreign army? Why not simply give the Congress the power to decide its own seat?
I finished reading your European federalist papers 0 to 12. I found it a well balanced and a clear intellectual piece of work. Still unfinished, as I understand.
Last year a number of remarkable papers dealing with federalism and or the future of Europe were published. I strongly believe a serious and common effort should be undertaken to summarize and distribute this summary in federalist circles all over Europe. Such a broad (and incomplete resp. tentative) summary can become a starting point for the tentative formulation of a common strategy to all - or at least a majority of - European federalists. This tentative formulation shall signal all options. As you do in your papers. A conscious choice among the innumerable options is a must in order to clarify the position of the European federalists and create a movement of thought liberated from hesitation and improvisation. Quite a programme...
Read more: Extract of comments by mr. Robert Verschooten
Jakub's Universal Blog Hitting the European nail on its head
Blog by Ralf GrahnSeveral articles about the European Federalist Paper by Ralf Grahn
Leo Klinkers interviewed by Salvador Llaudes
Interview Leo Klinkers in BASIS
Bestuurskundige Leo Klinkers heeft een oneigentijdse mening.