Italy
Progress behind complexity
in Fifteen into one?

Since the beginning of the European integration process the Italian membership of the Community seems to have been perceived by masses and elites as a kind of higher political good. Besides the deficits in the country's day-to-day performance in European Commission policies, Italian society has broadly shared basically positive attitudes towards the European integration process and its outcomes in the pre- and post-Maastricht years. Since 1950, membership of the Community has been seen as an inalienable stabilising factor for Italian democracy with its characteristic governmental instability and the strong structural differences between north and south. Throughout the history of European integration one can observe a tendency among Italian political actors to justify internal reforms or unpopular decisions with demands from the European level. Furthermore, Italian governments have traditionally preferred federalist designs for the future of the Community.

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Fifteen into one?

The European Union and its member states

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