“Celebrating Europe Day”, Jaap Hoeksma (The Federal Trust, United Kingdom)

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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