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Margaret Thatcher was a major political figure of the end of the Cold War era, who is still surrounded by much controversy today. There are two main reasons for this: she openly pursued an alternative vision of Europe at a time when federalism was still the dominant discourse; and she called for the liberalisation of the Eastern bloc, rather than its disintegration.
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The very nature of the challenge of the European project requires that we overcome this gradualism that appears to have no clear strategy. The difficulties we must overcome are of gigantic proportions. But, alongside the powerful forces of disintegration, important forces are also at work in a central core of countries committed to moving forward.
Most European Union member states have opened new sites of administrative detention. These immigration detention centres hold foreigners under immigration powers either as they arrive or to enforce their departure. They may take a variety of forms, from temporary camps to purpose-built institutions.

Britain has always been, and probably still is, the most consistently ‘Eurosceptic’ country in the EU. Many intelligent commentators outside Britain seem unable to understand this position, often dismissing it as merely the consequence of ignorance or a biased press. The EU, to put it mildly, is not a system in which popular power prevails, and many people in Britain are instinctively suspicious of a political Europe as an affront to national democracy.

Asymmetry calls for innovative federal structures. Rather than importing existing models of federalism, we should be thinking about what realistic model Europe ought to have. Such a model should allow Britain to have a genuine ‘special relationship’, very much as the Catalans and Scots aspire to a special ‘status’ if they are to remain part of their existing states.