Europe’s democratic deficit is anthropolitical

Will increasing the competencies of the European institutions, such as the Commission, or indeed the creation of new bodies, for example a euro zone parliament, strengthen European democracy? I don’t think so. If the EU went to see an “Institutional Doctor”, he or she wouldn’t be able to diagnose a great deal and wouldn’t...
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Europe’s democratic deficit is anthropolitical Will increasing the competencies of the European institutions, such as the Commission, or indeed...
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