Treaty threatens to widen democratic deficit in EU

In this opinion piece for the Irish Times, I argue that the Fiscal Treaty will exacerbate the existing democratic deficit which characterises European Union politics. The EU already has a significant problem with its ‘image’ in many member states and Eurobarometer polls demonstrate that support for the integration process has fallen as the economic crisis has deepended. Should some of the measures stipulated within the fiscal treaty be imposed by the EU there is a real danger of transforming national level politics to the advantage of far right groups and parties. The phenomenon of ‘re-enforced intergovernmentalism’ as the default mode of decision-making within the EU also worsens the ‘legitimacy gap’. 

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