Over the last few months political parties demanding their country to exit the European Union or decreasing the Union’s influence on their people have gained a lot of popularity among European citizens. An argument most of them have in common is that the EU fails to represent its people’s opinions, that it is undemocratic.
Vacláv Bacovský, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s very own Project Manager for Central Europe and the Baltic States, takes a look at how democratic or undemocratic the European Union actually is. Instead of simply demanding a more democratic system, first, he proposes to ask oneself, what the “ideal state” of a fully democratic EU would be.
You can read their paper here: Democratic Deficit in the EU: the Real Problem of the EU?, 03.02.2015.
About the Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce:
The Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce on the Future of the European Union provides a platform for ELF member organisations to discuss liberal proposals for the reform of the EU institutions and the future of the European integration process. The recommendations produced by working groups will be gathered in a publication presenting liberal recommendations for the future of the EU.
The work of the Taskforce is structured in four working groups:
- WG I: Reform of the EU institutions – re-Democratisation of the EU
- WG II: Foreign, Security and Defence – strong cooperation for a stronger Europe in the world
- WG III: Protecting civil liberties – a liberal footprint for Europe
- WG IV: Financial and economic crisis – liberal solutions for a Europe that works
Find the first publication of our series here: Future of EU – Human Rights – Fundamental Freedom, 20.01.2015.
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