The EU is often accused of having a democratic deficit – the “unelected elites” in Brussels dictate policy that affects 27 (28 until December 2020) countries, with few of them being directly elected. Ursula Von Der Leyen and Charles Michel we’re selected by heads of government, and yet they hold two of the most powerful posts in EU politics. Against this view are those who argue that the EU has no democratic deficit – the 2019 Parliamentary elections boasted the highest turnout ever at over 50 %, representing hundreds of millions of Europeans who picked MEPs. The parliament votes on any decision, and also approved Von Der Leyen and Michel. Isn’t that democratic ?
Whichever side you’re on, come discuss with us this Wednesday at 8 pm in Hamilton 607 !
Some good reads to prepare for the discussion.
« Is European Democracy Possible ? » – Le Grand Continent (October 2019) – English version