That is the subject that will be broached by Mr Jean-Luc Dehaene, member of the European Parliament and Prime Minister of Belgium from 1992 to 1999 during a talk with lunch organised by the Conseil des Relations internationals de Montréal (CORIM) on 16 February 2010 in the Hôtel Omni Mont-Royal in Montreal.
With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, the EU has taken another step towards greater cohesion. This development comes as the federal formula is increasingly seen as a solution to the coexistence of peoples of various cultures within a single state at a time of unprecedented globalization. Could Europe be regarded today as a federation?
Or the difficult path towards the Treaty ratification rather means the rejection of the federal formula for Europe? And what about the problems of federalism in some States, notably in Belgium?