Can Europe save itself?


LONDON — One of the key arguments of the populists who have continued to attack the European Union’s legitimacy is that they represent the will of the people and embody freedom and democracy in a…

  • Michael Cottakis
  • The Washington Post

While this is disingenuous, it contains a grain of truth.

Kota 1aThe E.U., after all, is not a democratic system.

And while it has sought to reform for some time, those efforts tend to miss the point.

One of the best examples of this is the much-vaunted European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), which allows citizens to propose legislation.

Once an idea receives a million signatures, it triggers a…

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