Academics have long disagreed over whether the EU suffers from a ‘democratic deficit’, debating whether its institutions lack accountability or fail to represent the ordinary citizen.
As European integration has continued in recent decades, and power has shifted from member state governments to Brussels while support for populist parties campaigning on eurosceptic grounds has grown, the debate has only intensified.
Does EU governance lack democratic legitimacy?
If so, can this be remedied?
Have efforts in Brussels to tackle perceptions of the EU as undemocratic, such as increasing the parliament’s powers, had any impact?
And along what lines – geographic, pro-European and anti-European, left and right – can this debate be understood?
Dr Andreas Rödder, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
Gisela Stuart, Chair, Change Britain
Chair: Hans Kundnani, Senior Research Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House