Against all odds, the Conference on the Future of Europe has shown that it is quite possible for the EU to function as a European democracy of states and citizens. In the process the European Union has overcome its long-standing stalemate in the debate about the end goal of the Union. The EU has neither become a federal state nor a confederal association of states. The hallmark of the EU lies in its construction as a union of democratic states which also constitutes a democracy of its own. This development refutes the argument of those politicians who wanted the UK to leave the EU because of its alleged undemocratic character.
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