Very much like this article from Gazeta Wyborcza (translated) (Put citizens at the heart of the Union):

Can representative democracy, challenged in the nation states (J├╝rgen Habermas struggled against this with his concept of deliberative democracy), overcome the crisis of the European Union? I think not. In fact, I do not understand how the representative model, based on the idea of a sense of civic responsibility that is fading away at the national level, would stop the decay of supranational institutions. Familiar not only with the thought of Habermas but with that of John Keane, I would rather search out solutions that are more innovative and better adapted to our times, such as the institutionalised and pan-European forms of deliberation and participation for those who want it.


Written by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.