democratic deficit Archive

  • The IMF and the democratic deficit

    An enquiry comes in, referring back to a letter published in the Guardian in 2002 (read it here) on the lack of democracy in the IMF.  Is that still true of the IMF now?  Of course, in those days the IMF was a vehicle for […]

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  • The democratic deficit is the price Norway pays for being outside the EU

    Some British Eurosceptics continually refer to the Norwegian model of being outside the EU but able to trade with it.  As it happens, the Norwegian government has just published a comprehensive review of its relationship with the European Union (“Outside and Inside – Norway’s agreements […]

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  • Endgame?

    There are two questions being asked here, writes Patrick Mc Nally from Ireland. Are we reaching the endgame of the eurozone crisis and the possible demise of Angela Merkel as chancellor of Germany. Angela Merkel has had two terms as chancellor of Germany, and at […]

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  • The difference that federalism makes to Europe

    The European Union may not be the only factor that has brought peace to Europe, but it is certainly a major one. A set of international institutions founded on the rule of law has changed utterly the way in which different European countries relate to […]

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  • How the EU can communicate better

    How the EU can communicate better

    By Richard Laming Published in EUobserver, 4 October 2006 The European Commission’s consultation on its communication policy is a landmark event. No longer can the Commission be accused of being a remote, isolate bureaucracy. Its consultation was seeking opinions on how it should engage with the wider […]

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  • A warped sense of priorities over EU

    By Richard Laming Published in the Financial Times, 28 April 2003 Sir, Denis MacShane (“Europe should forget the federalist papers”, April 23) is performing the old vaudeville trick of accusing your critics of something they don’t actually support. I think I can speak for the federalists […]

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  • Simplicity is a virtue

    Federalist Letter to the European Constitutional Convention Issue number 5, 3 October 2002 Dear Members of the Convention In the European political process, simplicity is a virtue. Just because one of the ten Convention working groups has the task of simplifying the institutional system does […]

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  • The first use of the term “democratic deficit”

    The JEF Manifesto was adopted by the JEF Congress in Berlin in 1977, and is believed to be the first recorded use of the phrase “democratic deficit”. The first chapter of that Manifesto appears below. Chapter One : The Democratic Deficit Looking at Europe today, […]

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