European demos comes to full fruition. But a start to the creation of a European Union transnational democracy cannot be delayed. Of course, the creation of a European demos will not threaten democracy at the national, regional or local level. Rather, it will reinforce the accountability of all levels of governance. All the available evidence suggests that whatever the doubts about the current decision-making system in the European Union, citizens do recognise the importance of the EU acting through shared sovereignty areas where Member States would be incapable of acting effectively on their own.
John Palmer is a member of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centreâ€”the Brusselsbased think-tank. He was Political Director of the EPC from 1996 to 2005. From 1975 to 1996 he was the European Editor of the Guardian.
Volume 3 - Spring 2006
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