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The central thesis of the paper is that Europe stands at a turning-point in its history, a "crisis" in the original Greek meaning of the term. The need for a (new) constitution of the European Community is self-evident. A Federal European Union is preferable to a loose confederation for a number of reasons: first, to keep nation-states from interfering with the free movement of people, goods, services and capital; second, to maintain peace restricting nationalisms; and, third, to grant to provinces and regions the right to secede, thus enhancing the competition of member states to provide adequate services, taxes, laws and regulations to their citizens. The last section of the paper mentions some of the more important ingredients which should be part of a European constitution, beginning with limitations on the jurisdiction of the federal union, then offering some proposals concerning the organisational structure of a European government, and concluding with provisions concerning changes to the European constitution.