Should the European Parliament be abolished? (2)


3rd April 2014

The European Parliament is an essential part of the institutional structure of the European Union. It is the only EU body directly elected at the European level, and it co-decides the vast majority of EU legislation with the Council of the European Union. The parliament should not be abolished – instead, it must be kept and improved. These improvements must work towards realising three goals: fostering civic engagement, functioning more effectively, and better representing the peoples of Europe.

Five reforms in particular are key to achieving these goals. First, the parliament should move to a fully-fledged constituency system. This means that each Member of the European Parliament (MEP) would represent his/her own national constituency in the parliament. Citizens would know exactly which MEP represented them, enabling them to more directly relay their queries and concerns and to

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Should the European Parliament be abolished?


27th March 2014

Jack Straw, former British foreign secretary, believes that the European Parliament should be abolished, because it has failed to provide the democratic quality that the European Union has sought to realize since its creation. The European Parliament, he argues, is such an undemocratic institution that the European Union would be better off without it. According to Straw’s view, instead of it, there should be an assembly of national parliaments, as the European Parliamentary Assembly that existed before 1979.

It appears quite paradoxical to argue for the abolition of the European Parliament in the name of more democracy. While I strongly defend the need for this European institution, Straw’s argument touches on the cornerstone of the European democratic dilemma: a European Parliament, as the representation of citizens of Europe, will never work because there is no such a thing as a

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Brexit: so what?


6th March 2014

By José-Ignacio Torreblanca 

United Kingdom: a country once admired in the European Union, but now in the dumps.

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Audio: Think big! Towards an ambitious foreign policy


14th February 2014

At the London launch of the 2014 European Foreign Policy Scorecard, Prof Maurice Fraser from the LSE explained why Europe needs a more ambitious foreign policy.

 

This audio was recorded at ECFR on 12 February 2014. 

 
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Audio: Successes and failures of EU foreign policy


14th February 2014

Mark Leonard presents the findings of the ECFR Foreign Policy Scorecard 2014. 

 

This audio was recorded at ECFR on 12 February 2014.

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