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THE EU AND DEMOCRACY
Lobbying the European Union by Committee
Unknown to most citizens, a large part of
European Union legislation is being drafted and fine-tuned by
literally thousands of unknown and hardly accountable expert groups,
advisory committees and working groups. Even those who make it their
business to keep track of EU decision making processes are finding
it impossible to know exactly what's going on and who is involved.
This reflects the secrecy that shrouds these bodies, particularly
their membership and the decisions they influence. Read More
How France's referendum caught fire
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former finance
minister in Lionel Jospin's 'plural left' government, no doubt spoke for most of
the Socialist party leadership when he remarked in January 2005 that, 'This
referendum is bloody stupid. We were bloody stupid enough to ask for one and
Jacques Chirac was bloody stupid enough to call it'.1 By 29 May, when nearly 55
percent of the electorate voted to reject the new constitutional treaty Read More
Supporters of the Lisbon Treaty have argued that it is mainly about ‘internal housekeeping’ and involves some ‘tidying up’ of existing institutional arrangements.
Any serious examination, however, shows that this is a gross exaggeration. The Treaty lays the foundation for a Euro super-state of the future.
Already 80 percent of Irish domestic laws are influenced by EU laws and decisions. The Treaty would give greater influence to the EU commission since this is the institution that draws up and implements EU policies. Increased competencies and the removal of powers of veto enhance the ability of the Commission to impose neo-liberal and militarist Policies on the peoples of Europe.
For more in-depth analysis, download:
This is Not What Democracy looks like
by Kieran Allen
The Invisible Transformation of Codecision:
Problems of Democratic Legitimacy
Henry Farrell and Adrienne Heritier
It is time we stood up to the corporate agenda and demand a Europe for the people