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The EU ain’t broke

The democratic deficit is a myth. The EU has little power over things that matter in national politics and has much democratic oversight as practically possible

By Andrew Moravcsik   March 2003

The past decade has witnessed the emergence of a constitutional settlement for the European Union that is likely to govern its affairs for the foreseeable future. The treaties of Amsterdam and Nice failed to alter its structure significantly. Despite its highly charged rhetoric, the constitutional convention due to report later this year is unlikely to achieve much more. The most ambitious proposals still under discussion-modest expansion of qualified majority voting, creating a forum for national parliamentarians, restructuring the European council-merely consolidate decade-long trends. Integration is likely to advance incrementally, as the stock of viable grands projets is depleted. Moves to…

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