Sunday, 22 June 2008

EU governance and consent

In a letter to the Guardian, Paul Hunt lays out a few basic facts about the European Union:

“The proportion of national legislation and the extent of governance originating at the EU level require the exercise of representative parliamentary democracy broadly similar to, but separate from, the exercise of parliamentary democracy at the national level.”

“The EU will lurch from crisis to crisis, undermine its considerable achievements to date, and destroy its international credibility if the EU elite continue to avoid seeking the consent of its citizens to be governed.”

See Guardian.co.uk. Letters, 19 June 2008: EU elites need their citizens’ consent

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/19/ireland.eu

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The main challenge for the heads of state or government is not to circumvent the Irish referendum ‘no’, but to overcome their own resistance against EU level democracy.


Ralf Grahn