The new President of the European Parliament, Maltese Roberta Metsola, was elected as a continuity candidate of the centre-right. Yet, argues Martin Westlake, her election also marks a shift to the young, the left and the south, by a gifted politician who will surely leave her mark A breath of fresh air On 18 January […] Read more
The Conference on the Future of Europe aims to produce proposals for EU ureform in a participatory manner. Yet, writes Markus Patberg, its setup suggests top-down steering, and lacks a clear conception of democratic authorisation. The envisaged forms of broad but unsystematic inclusion might even be counterproductive to the declared goal of empowering citizens Read more
Often labelled technocratic and expertise-driven, the Commissionâ€™s â€˜unelected bureaucratsâ€™ in fact take public opinion seriously. When facing crises, the Commission uses agenda-priorities to respond to citizensâ€™ cues, write Christel Koop, Christine Reh and Edoardo Bressanelli Read more
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