The EU’s Democratic Upside

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Steven Erlanger flags a real paradox for EU enthusiasts and a boon for its detractors: The EU parliament actually wields more power than people generally realize, but for a variety of reasons that Erlanger explains well, it generates very little interest among potential voters. That reinforces the perception of an anti-democratic EU technocracy based in Brussels, and undermines the potential for popular democratic involvement that currently exists in Strasbourg. Meanwhile, this EU Observer piece on the European Space Agency’s launch yesterday of the world’s biggest space telescope illustrates the ways in which some areas where Europe has excelled simply don’t […]


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