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This article deals with problems from an economic viewpoint arising from the growing gap between politics and market to the detriment of political intervention. The nation-state as we know it is under dual pressure: on the one hand it is tending to break up into minor political bodies and on the other it has to fall in line with the other states in order to reach objectives (environmental questions, health etc.) and obtain public benefits that spread over areas much wider than just state boundaries. The market boundary for a series of political and technological reasons is no longer connected to state boundaries. When the benefits of market spread do not depend on the size of the state it is natural that whoever in the existing states has secessionist tendencies will have his convictions strengthened and will try to carry them out. The problems of superimposing spheres of sovereignty and the present global ills have now become very relevant from a practical point of view and highlight impotence of the current state system. Particular attention is given to the situation in Italy and the uncertain future of the European Union.