The Ljubljana Initiative for Re-Launching the European Integration

von Matej Avbelj

It is a sign of unconventional times when earnest people wish you a less exciting year 2017 compared to the one that has just, luckily, passed. Starting a new year, a less exciting one then, is an opportunity for reckoning about the past and for charting the plans for the future. For those who care about the project of European integration, these are no easy moments. By looking back we are reminded about the chain of crises that has been strangling the Union. By looking forward we cannot help ourselves but to wring hands at what is yet to follow. It is high time that this self-destructive European (indeed Western) narrative and, unfortunately, praxis were put to a halt. It is high time to present a positive alternative to the present status quo and to the populist decay. It is high time to re-launch the process of European integration.

A week ago the President of the Republic of Slovenia institutionally endorsed the so-called Ljubljana Initiative. A proposal by Slovenian public intellectuals, constitutional lawyers, diplomat, philosopher and poet who call for a new constitutional process in the European Union. Led by Peter Jambrek, former president of the Slovenian Constitutional Court, who has also prepared a tentative draft of a new Treaty Constitution, the signatories of the Ljubljana Initiative hope to stimulate not just an academic, but also public debate on the future of the European Union. Simultaneously the President of the Republic will promote the initiative on the institutional level among his counterparts. Hence, the Ljubljana Initiative has already been welcomed by the newly elected President of Austria ...

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