The EU debt crisis has clearly shown that the monetary union cannot be upheld without coordinated fiscal and economic policies. But many citizens are under the impression that their voices, and those of their national parliaments, are being sidelined in favour of ever-greater centralisation – and that, in the process, democracy is being eroded. Thus the debt crisis may easily trigger a crisis of EU legitimacy.
It is against this background that the Heinrich Böll Foundation commissioned a study on the future of European democracy. In it, constitutional experts Ulrich K. Preuß and Claudio Franzius highlight how Europe may achieve a vibrant democracy. It will require political spaces and institutions that enable controversial debate about European issues and that give citizens the chance to participate in political decisions.
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The study can be downloaded for free on the homepage of the publishers.