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The "democratic deficit" is a charge coming from all over the political spectrum nowadays. It may have originated with the neolibs or with the Eurosceptics, but it has taken a life of its own because it has a kernel of truth. The truth is that the EU, as an intergovernmental organisation, has features that people have a hard time getting their heads around, given the perception of the EU as a "superstate" and the expectation that states will be democratic.

It's the political elite, and the governments of the Member States, that want the treaties passed by the parliaments. After all, the governments more or less control their own parliaments.

Maxi or Mini, the treaty requires a referencum in some of the member states anyway. Including France now, right?

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2007 at 08:47:32 AM EST
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