Dieter Grimm Where Does the EU’s Acceptance Problem Come from and How Can It Be Counteracted?
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The European Union does not have sufficient legitimacy and is not well accepted by its citizens which leads to a negative impact on the process of European integration. DIETER GRIMM identifies three sources of this problem. First of all, the way the European Parliament, the democratic body, is elected and works is too far from the citizens. Second, the principle of subsidiarity is applied differently in every member state but remains without any importance. The third source are the European treaties: as the legal foundation they were not determined by the EU itself but by the members states. Despite being ‘just’ treaties, they are considered the constitution and that creates several complex consequences in the democratic setup and the interplay between the EU and the member states. In this video these three aspects are explained in detail presenting possible solutions. GRIMM asks for a Europeanization of the elections as well as for a reorganization of the voluminous treaties into a clear constitution on the one hand and ordinary law regulating the functioning of the EU on the other hand.
LT Video Publication DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10285
Europa ja - aber welches? - Zur Verfassung der europäischen Demokratie
- Dieter Grimm
- Published in 2016