The United Nordic Federation

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The Nordic Region 2030: The five Nordic countries have formed a federal political entity – the United Nordic Federation. The new federation, with its joint constitution, joint government and population of 25 million, is a brand-new and major player on the European stage – well it would be if the countries have the courage to make it happen. The controversial historian Gunnar Wetterberg provides objective and detailed arguments for a new Nordic federation. A real federation, with responsibility for foreign and defence policy, the economic framework and all of the key legislative areas, from immigration to social policy. Last year, Wetterberg breathed new life into the debate about the rebirth of the Kalmar Union. The emotional, hard-hitting debate resonated all the way to Germany, Spain and Italy. He now presents his vision of the United Nordic Federation in theNordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers’ Yearbook 2010. His highly controversial proposal is expected to reignite the debate in all five of the Nordic countries.

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The law has traditionally played a major role in Nordic co-operation. Joint legislation breaks down barriers between countries. The Nordic Region is in a position to move further in this direction than the EU in the foreseeable future. Meetings of Nordic lawyers have played a key role in inspiring joint projects. Lawyers began working together on joint legislative projects as far back as the 1870s. Hemstad (2008) argues that Scandinavian co-operation eased tensions between Sweden and Norway. Had the co-operation just been between Sweden and Norway, there would have been a risk that proposals would have been blocked by Norwegian fears of Swedish domination. With three players, the exchanges were more even-handed.

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