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I had Europe-awareness events (meetings, information, organized by the Council of Europe) when I was in my final secondary years at school in England. They certainly broadened my horizon, but please... Are we saying that citizenship doesn't seem to matter to citizens because they didn't get information at school?

Citizenship doesn't matter because it doesn't amount to very much and hasn't evolved in any major way that impacts people's lives over the past 20 years (since this is a commemorative event). (See my take and that of Alain Lamassoure on the content of EU citizenship here, it isn't really dated).

At the same time, it has become crystal clear that power in the EU belongs even less to citizens than in their member-states (if that were possible). And that power can be, is being, exercised to the detriment of ordinary citizens.

Citizenship without much in the way of rights and next to nothing by way of political power is a hollow concept. Which is why the EU population at large is not engaged by it (to speak politely).

So you're right. The horse needs to go in front of the cart.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 10th, 2013 at 12:03:50 PM EST
afew's take is on the money.

and the EU can't be serious about "democracy" while at the same time forcing trade agreements which completely subvert the concept.

Whatever the initials denoting the US-EU trade agreement, it must be a topic of discussion as it allows corporations to subvert even what democracy there remains both in the EU and in the nation-states.

Personal Opinion: I'd like to see Bjinse be well-informed about this trade agreement, as it cuts the ground from under a discussion of democracy in Europe. Especially that this is global and not just for the EU, as we see with the new WTO agreement, and the mirror agreement for the Pacific nations.

And i very much like that Bjinse brings up the demise of Presseurope.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Dec 11th, 2013 at 04:31:45 AM EST
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to be clear, how can one discuss democracy when corporations can sue if my country has higher food protection or environmental standards?

Of course, one must be more delicate than I in pointing out the nakedness of the Emperor.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Dec 11th, 2013 at 04:34:24 AM EST
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