This contribution by the President of France is what Europe needs. Finally a leader who does not say that Europe is responsible for what goes wrong and that national politics can take credit for every success. On this basis we should now start a debate on the detailed proposals. The main danger will be to avoid the slippery slope from a 'Europe that protects' to a European protectionism. The European economy will be stronger if its subject to vigorous global competition, even if that competition might at times appear unfair to some.
At least 15 million people today are stateless, and millions more are threatened with national exclusion. The issue of statelessness thus demands urgent attention, as do works of history that shed light on the problem.
review two works of history tracing the evolution of the problem and the role of modern states in creating it.