EU Democracy 2.0: A Risky Proposition to solve the Democratic Deficit

Over the past decade, and deeply accentuated by the euro zone crisis of 2008, the phenomenon of a democratic deficit within the EU has propelled itself to the forefront of issues facing the Union. The notion of democratic deficit dates back to the 1970s, where criticism arose over too much power residing within the Council and Commission of the EU, and not enough in the European Parliament.  As a result, institutional changes were made to further legitimize democracy by allowing for universal suffrage elections to the EP beginning in 1979, and introducing the concept of co-decision in the legislative...

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